By Geoffrey C. Ward
Ferdinand Ward used to be 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 through his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
Ward was once the Bernie Madoff of his day, a meant genius at making gigantic cash quick on Wall highway who grew to become out to were working an enormous 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 manhattan at twenty-one and in lower than a decade, armed with appeal, power, and a complete loss of sense of right and wrong, made himself the enterprise companion of the previous president of the U.S. 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 through dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for something yet his personal interests.
Drawing from hundreds of thousands of kinfolk files by no means earlier than tested, Geoffrey C. Ward lines his great-grandfather’s speedy upward push to riches and repute 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 big apple 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 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 way of one in all our most interesting historians.
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Each year dozens of new titles appear, again offering to revisit the war, to reinterpret or rearrange those strange days and hard events—faint traces and distant signals now—looking still for the coherent, the conclusive explanation. And yet Whitman’s words retain their force. The “real war” stays there, outside all the books, beckoning to us. Why did Americans kill each other? How did it happen? Who were these people who fought and killed, marched and sang, wrote home, skedaddled, deserted, died, nursed and lamented, persevered and were defeated?
By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! … If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. Abraham Lincoln, 1838 NARRATIVE BY Geoffrey C. Ward BASED ON A DOCUMENTARY FILMSCRIPT BY Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns, and Ken Burns WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY Don E. Fehrenbacher Barbara J. Fields Shelby Foote James M.
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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