Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friends: The Business Adventures of Mark Twain, Chronic Speculator and Entrepreneur
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
Chapter 2 HOW TO QUIT A GOOD JOB AND THEN LOSE A MILLION DOLLARS
Chapter 3 SOMETIMES NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF A CAREER
Chapter 4 WELCOME TO CORPORATE AMERICA HARDNOSED NEGOTIATING AND PROFITDRIVEN MANAGEMENT
Chapter 5 SUCKED INTO THE GILDED AGE MONEY LUST AND THE MAKING OF AN INVETOR
Chapter 6 SEEING AND SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES VENTURE CAPILTALIST AND WALL STREET SPECULATOR
Chapter 7 BOLD VISION AND IMAGINATION HOW TWAIN MADE GENERAL US GRANTAND HIMSELFRICH
Chapter 8 A SHAKESPEAREAN BUSINESS TALE HOW BLIND LOVE IN BUSINESS TURNS TO TRAGEDY