By Geoffrey C. Ward
Ferdinand Ward used to be the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. supply and ran roughshod over the complete international of finance. Now, his compelling, behind-the-scenes tale is told—told via his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
Ward used to be the Bernie Madoff of his day, a intended genius at making colossal funds quickly on Wall road who grew to become out to were working a huge pyramid scheme—one that finally collapsed in a single of the best monetary scandals in American background. The son of a Protestant missionary and small-town pastor with secrets and techniques of his personal to maintain, Ward got here to big apple at twenty-one and in lower than a decade, armed with appeal, power, and a complete loss of judgment of right and wrong, made himself the company companion of the previous president of the U.S. and used to be generally hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” honestly, he became out to be a whole fraud, his whole lifestyles marked by way of dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for something yet his personal interests.
Drawing from millions of kinfolk files by no means prior to tested, Geoffrey C. Ward lines his great-grandfather’s swift upward push to riches and reputation and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the best way; quickly horses and crooked bankers and corrupt ny officers; court confrontations and 6 years in Sing Sing; and Ferdinand’s determined scheme to kidnap his personal son to get his arms at the property his past due spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a few vintage American con artist, informed with boundless appeal and dry wit by means of one in all our best historians.
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A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States by Geoffrey C. Ward