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

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

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"[A] revisionist biography of the man whom a London newspaper eulogized as a 'wrecker of industries and an impoverisher of men'... Mr. Renehan describes [Gould's business deals] with zest." ( New York Times )

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.

"An informative and entertaining account of no-holds-barred finance in the late 19th century." ( Forbes )

"It's the shenanigans that make this book worth reading." ( New York Times Book Review )

"A primer for our own dark age of business leaders... [A] dead-on biography." ( Bloomberg News )

"Lively revisionist biography." ( Washington Post Book World )

"A fresh, evocative take on the Gilded Age and its brutal brand of business." ( Barron's )