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

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Basic Books, Jul 31, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
Though reviled for more than a century as Wall Street's greatest villain, Jay Gould was in fact its most original creative genius. Gould was the robber baron's robber baron, the most astute financial and business strategist of his time and also the most widely hated. In Dark Genius of Wall Street, acclaimed biographer Edward J. Renehan, Jr., combines lively anecdotes with the rich social tapestry of the Gilded Age to paint the portrait of the most talented financial buccaneer of his generation-- and one of the inventors of modern business.
 

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Interesting topic and well written. A quick read which makes some effort at debunking some of the earlier un-researched claims of previous bios. Read full review

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Contents

The Mysterious Bearded Gould
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
Mephistopheles
179
A Special Stinkpot
185
A Damned Villain
203
Consolidation
229
Everything but a Good Name
247
Ambition Satisfied
275
The Goulds after Jay
297
Acknowledgments
313

Cunning Lunacy
61
The Gouldsboro
69
A Particular Future
75
Much to Get Done
89
The Erie in Chains
95
Blue Fire
105
The Abused Machinery of the Law
115
An Almighty Robbery
127
Scoundrels
139
The Smartest Man in America
149
Where the Woodbine Twineth
163
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Index
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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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