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By Geoffrey C. Ward

ISBN-10: 0307959449

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Ferdinand Ward was once the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. furnish and ran roughshod over the whole international of finance. Now, his compelling, behind-the-scenes tale is told—told through his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.

Ward used to be the Bernie Madoff of his day, a intended genius at making significant cash speedy on Wall highway who grew to become out to were working a massive 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 lower than a decade, armed with attraction, power, and a complete loss of moral sense, made himself the company companion of the previous president of the USA and used to be greatly hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” honestly, he became out to be a whole fraud, his whole existence marked by means of dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for whatever yet his personal interests.

Drawing from millions of relatives records by no means prior to tested, Geoffrey C. Ward lines his great-grandfather’s speedy upward thrust to riches and reputation and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the way in which; quick horses and crooked bankers and corrupt manhattan 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, instructed with boundless appeal and dry wit via considered one of our most interesting historians.

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