By Geoffrey C. Ward
Ferdinand Ward used to be the best swindler of the Gilded Age. Through his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. furnish and ran roughshod over the whole global of finance. Now, his compelling, behind-the-scenes tale is told—told through his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
Ward was once the Bernie Madoff of his day, a intended genius at making massive cash quick on Wall road who grew to become out to were operating an incredible pyramid scheme—one that eventually collapsed in a single of the best monetary scandals in American historical past. 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 allure, strength, and a complete loss of judgment of right and wrong, made himself the enterprise companion of the previous president of the us and used to be broadly hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” truthfully, he grew to become out to be an entire fraud, his complete existence marked through dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for something yet his personal interests.
Drawing from millions of relations records by no means earlier than tested, Geoffrey C. Ward lines his great-grandfather’s quick upward push to riches and status and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the best way; quickly horses and crooked bankers and corrupt long island officers; court confrontations and 6 years in Sing Sing; and Ferdinand’s determined scheme to kidnap his personal son to get his fingers at the property his past due spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a couple of vintage American con artist, advised with boundless attraction and dry wit through one in every of 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