Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friends: The Business Adventures of Mark Twain, Chronic Speculator and Entrepreneur

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 22, 2007 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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While the entire world knows Mark Twain as the renowned author of many classic American novels, few people are aware that he was also a highly successful businessman. In fact, more than half of his life was consumed by moneymaking pursuits, which often resulted in writing projects being neglected--but at the same time, these adventures were the inspiration behind many of the characters found in his books.

In Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friends, Peter Krass captures a little-known side of this American icon and details the roller coaster ride of his business ventures in a dramatic, entertaining, and informative narrative style. From Twain's time as the founder of his own publishing house--where he made a small fortune publishing General Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs--to his foray into venture capitalism and investment in numerous start-up firms, to his focus on his own inventions, this engaging book reveals the Mark Twain that few of us know: the no-nonsense, successful American businessman.
 

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Fun, funny, informative, educational. It's classified in some sources as a business book, but it's really biography. Krass's writing style is nothing to get excited about, unfortunately. Read full review

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Mark Twain: humorist, novelist, and business guru? That last label may come as a surprise, but the preeminent American author spent most of his life in pursuit of wealth: as a riverboat captain, a ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 EARLY HARD KNOCKS ON THE ROAD TO RICHES AND FAME
1
Chapter 2 HOW TO QUIT A GOOD JOB AND THEN LOSE A MILLION DOLLARS
19
Chapter 3 SOMETIMES NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF A CAREER
39
Chapter 4 WELCOME TO CORPORATE AMERICA HARDNOSED NEGOTIATING AND PROFITDRIVEN MANAGEMENT
59
Chapter 5 SUCKED INTO THE GILDED AGE MONEY LUST AND THE MAKING OF AN INVETOR
85
Chapter 6 SEEING AND SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES VENTURE CAPILTALIST AND WALL STREET SPECULATOR
105
Chapter 7 BOLD VISION AND IMAGINATION HOW TWAIN MADE GENERAL US GRANTAND HIMSELFRICH
133
Chapter 8 A SHAKESPEAREAN BUSINESS TALE HOW BLIND LOVE IN BUSINESS TURNS TO TRAGEDY
157
Chapter 9 ENDURING FINANCIAL CRISIS AND ADVERSITY A ROCKEFELLER CRONY COMES TO THE RESCUE
181
Chapter 10 SALVAGING A CAREER AND DIGNITY
197
Chapter 11 BACK IN THE SADDLE PLAYING THE INSIDERS GAME
221
SELECTED MARK TWAIN MAXIMS
237
NOTES
245
INDEX
265
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Peter Krass is an accomplished and prolific author, editor, and researcher. He has written and edited ten books, including Portrait of War, Blood & Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel and Carnegie, all published by Wiley. Krass lives in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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