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Author Ward, Geoffrey C

Title 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 / Geoffrey C. Ward

Publ Info New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition First edition
 RWU Main Library  CT275.W2752 W37 2012    AVAILABLE
 Wheaton Stacks  CT275.W2752 W37 2012    AVAILABLE
Descript 418 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Note "This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Pt. 1. The Puritan -- The Higher Calling -- Labouring in Hope -- Chastened and Sanctified -- pt. 2. One of the Worst Boys -- A Contest for Principle & Truth -- The Triumph of the Monster, "War" -- Suspected of Evil -- pt. 3. The Young Napoleon of Finance -- The Avaricious Spirit -- The Bonanza Man -- The Imaginary Business -- Tears of Grateful Joy -- The End Has Come -- pt. 4. The Best Hated Man in the United States -- A Magnificent and Audacious Swindle -- A Verdict at Last -- The Model Prisoner -- All That Loved Me Are in Heaven -- pt. 5. The Loving Father -- Driven to Desperation -- The Kidnapping -- Epilogue: The Loving Father
Note Documents the story of Gilded Age con artist Ferdinand Ward, recounting how his large-scale pyramid operation and other sensational schemes triggered one of the greatest financial scandals in American history
LC subject Ward, Ferdinand De Wilton, 1851-1925
Capitalists and financiers -- United States -- Biography
Swindlers and swindling -- United States -- Biography
Financial crises -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Ponzi schemes -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885 -- Friends and associates
Children of clergy -- New York (State) -- Biography
Ward, F. De W. (Ferdinand De Wilton), 1812-1891
Rochester (N.Y.) -- Biography
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography
ISBN 9780679445302