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

Book - 2012

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.

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New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2012.
1st ed
Item Description
"This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso.
Physical Description
418 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Geoffrey C. Ward (-)
  • 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.