Book ‘American Rascal’ by Greg Steinmetz

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How Jay Gould Built Wall Street’s Biggest Fortune

The gripping biography of Jay Gould, the greatest 19th-century robber barons, whose brilliance, greed, and bare-knuckled tactics made him richer than Rockefeller and led Wall Street to institute its first financial reforms. Had Jay Gould put his name on a university or concert hall, he would undoubtedly have been a household name today. The son of a poor farmer whose early life was marked by tragedy, Gould saw money as the means to give his family a better life… even if, to do so, he had to pull a fast one on everyone else. After entering Wall Street at the age of twenty-four, he quickly became notorious when he paralyzed the economy and nearly toppled President Ulysses S. Grant in the Black Friday market collapse of 1869 in an attempt to corner the market on gold — an event that remains among the darkest days in Wall Street history…

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 30, 2022); Pages: 320 pages; ISBN-10: 1982107405; ISBN-13: 978-1982107406; ASIN:‎ B09JPHYM65

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Author’s biography: Greg Steinmetz is a partner at a money management firm in New York. He previously worked for the Wall Street Journal, where he covered investment banking before becoming Berlin Bureau Chief and then London Bureau Chief. His first book, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger, was heralded by Andrew Ross Sorkin as one of the best reads of 2015.

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