New PDF release: A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son

By Geoffrey C. Ward

ISBN-10: 0345804694

ISBN-13: 9780345804693

ISBN-10: 0679445307

ISBN-13: 9780679445302

ISBN-10: 1452655391

ISBN-13: 9781452655390

Ferdinand Ward was once the best swindler of the Gilded Age. Through his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. provide and ran roughshod over the complete international 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 intended genius at making monstrous cash speedy on Wall road who grew to become out to were operating an immense 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 ny at twenty-one and in under a decade, armed with attraction, power, and a complete loss of sense of right and wrong, made himself the enterprise accomplice of the previous president of the U.S. and was once commonly hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” honestly, he grew to become out to be an entire fraud, his complete existence marked by way of dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for whatever yet his personal interests.
Drawing from hundreds of thousands of relatives records by no means ahead of tested, Geoffrey C. Ward strains his great-grandfather’s quick upward push to riches and repute and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the best way; quick horses and crooked bankers and corrupt manhattan officers; court docket 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 past due spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a couple of vintage American con artist, instructed with boundless attraction and dry wit by way of certainly one of our best historians.
 

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