By Geoffrey C. Ward
Ferdinand Ward was once the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. provide and ran roughshod over the complete global 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 meant genius at making giant funds quick on Wall road who became out to were working an enormous pyramid scheme—one that eventually collapsed in a single of the best monetary scandals in American heritage. The son of a Protestant missionary and small-town pastor with secrets and techniques of his personal to maintain, Ward got here to long island at twenty-one and in below a decade, armed with appeal, power, and a complete loss of sense of right and wrong, made himself the enterprise accomplice of the previous president of the USA and used to be greatly hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” truthfully, he became out to be an entire fraud, his whole existence marked by means of dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for whatever yet his personal interests.
Drawing from hundreds of thousands of kin records by no means prior to tested, Geoffrey C. Ward lines his great-grandfather’s fast upward thrust to riches and reputation and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the best way; quick horses and crooked bankers and corrupt big apple officers; court confrontations and 6 years in Sing Sing; and Ferdinand’s determined scheme to kidnap his personal son to get his palms at the property his overdue spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a couple of vintage American con artist, informed with boundless attraction and dry wit by means of one among our most interesting 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