Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons

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Basic Books, Apr 17, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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Jay Gould was the robber baron's robber baron: the greatest financial and business genius of his time and also the most widely hated. Gould was the undisputed master of the nation's railroads and telegraph systems at a time when these were the fastest-growing new technologies of the age. He created new ways of manipulating markets, assembling capital and swallowing his competitors. Many of these methods are now standard practice; others were among the first practices prohibited by the SEC when it came into being in the 1930s. Biographer Renehan combines lively anecdotes with the rich social tapestry of the Gilded Age to create the first balanced biography of a figure whose stature in his era outranks that of Bill Gates, a man who was undoubtedly the greatest financial genius of his age--and one of the inventors of modern business.--From publisher description.
  

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Review: Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons

User Review  - Gabriel - Goodreads

I liked this biography of Jay Gould and wish I could rate it higher. It lacked the flair and intrigue that makes great biographies great, and it too often fell into the repetitive recitation of events ... Read full review

Review: Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons

User Review  - Seth Kramer - Goodreads

Generally a level-headed history of Gould's storied rise to robber baron status, but parts of the story read as if written by Gould himself. I'm thinking particularly of the tannery era intrigues. I ... Read full review

Contents

The Mysterious Bearded Gould i
1
Ancestors
7
Twelve Lines by Night
13
A Deliberate Student
21
Rat Traps and Maps
29
Hidden Mysteries of Life and Death
37
Gouldsboro
45
Our Best Friends Tell Us Our Faults
53
The Abused Machinery of the Law
115
An Almighty Robbery
127
Scoundrels
139
The Smartest Man in America
149
Where the Woodbine Twineth
163
Mephistopheles
179
A Special Stinkpot
185
A Damned Villain
203

Cunning Lunacy
61
The Gouldsboro War
69
it A Particular Future
75
Much to Get Done
89
The Erie in Chains
95
Blue Fire
105
Consolidation
229
Everything but a Good Name
247
Ambition Satisfied
275
The Goulds after Jay
297
Acknowledgments
313
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Edward J. Rehehan Jr. is the author of several books including Dark Genius of Wall Street, The Kennedys at War, The Lion's Pride, The Secret Six, and John Burroughs. He contributes to such publications as American Heritage and has appeared on the History Channel, C-SPAN, and PBS. He lives in Rhode Island.

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