By Geoffrey C. Ward

Ferdinand Ward used to be the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. supply and ran roughshod over the total 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 tremendous cash quick on Wall highway who became 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 long island at twenty-one and in below a decade, armed with allure, strength, and a complete loss of judgment of right and wrong, made himself the enterprise associate of the previous president of the U.S. and was once largely hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” truthfully, he became out to be a whole fraud, his complete lifestyles marked via dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for something yet his personal interests.
Drawing from millions of kinfolk files by no means sooner than tested, Geoffrey C. Ward strains his great-grandfather’s fast upward push to riches and popularity and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the way in which; quickly horses and crooked bankers and corrupt long island 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 past due spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a couple of vintage American con artist, advised with boundless allure and dry wit via one among our most interesting historians.

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