By Geoffrey C. Ward
Ferdinand Ward was once the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. provide and ran roughshod over the full international 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 colossal cash speedy on Wall road who became out to were operating 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 long island at twenty-one and in under a decade, armed with attraction, strength, and a complete loss of moral sense, made himself the enterprise associate of the previous president of the us and used to be greatly hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” truthfully, he grew to become out to be a whole fraud, his complete lifestyles marked by means of dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for whatever yet his personal interests.
Drawing from hundreds of thousands of kin 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; 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 past due spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a few vintage American con artist, informed with boundless appeal and dry wit via one in every of our best historians.
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