By Geoffrey C. Ward
Ferdinand Ward was once the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. supply and ran roughshod over the whole global of finance. Now, his compelling, behind-the-scenes tale is told—told by way of his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
Ward was once the Bernie Madoff of his day, a meant genius at making colossal funds speedy on Wall highway who grew to become out to were working a massive pyramid scheme—one that finally 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 big apple at twenty-one and in under a decade, armed with allure, strength, and a complete loss of moral sense, made himself the company accomplice of the previous president of the U.S. and was once extensively hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” truthfully, he became out to be a whole fraud, his complete lifestyles marked via dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for something yet his personal interests.
Drawing from millions of family members records by no means ahead of tested, Geoffrey C. Ward strains his great-grandfather’s swift upward thrust to riches and status and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the way in which; speedy horses and crooked bankers and corrupt big apple officers; court docket 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 couple of vintage American con artist, advised with boundless attraction and dry wit by means of one in all 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