A Disposition to Be Rich

A Disposition to Be Rich

How A Small-town Pastor's Son Ruined An American President, Brought on A Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-hated Man in the United States

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Documents the story of Gilded Age con artist Ferdinand Ward, recounting how his large-scale pyramid operation and other sensational schemes triggered one of the greatest financial scandals in American history.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307959447
0307959449
Characteristics: 1online resource : ill.
Contents: Pt. 1. The Puritan
The Higher Calling
Labouring in Hope
Chastened and Sanctified
pt. 2. One of the Worst Boys
A Contest for Principle & Truth
The Triumph of the Monster, "War"
Suspected of Evil
pt. 3. The Young Napoleon of Finance
The Avaricious Spirit
The Bonanza Man
The Imaginary Business
Tears of Grateful Joy
The End Has Come
pt. 4. The Best Hated Man in the United States
A Magnificent and Audacious Swindle
A Verdict at Last
The Model Prisoner
All That Loved Me Are in Heaven
pt. 5. The Loving Father
Driven to Desperation
The Kidnapping
Epilogue: The Loving Father.
Summary: Documents the story of Gilded Age con artist Ferdinand Ward, recounting how his large-scale pyramid operation and other sensational schemes triggered one of the greatest financial scandals in American history.

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Agent13 Jul 09, 2012

It seems (?) that every family has a "Black Sheep", and it is true of the Ward family. Wait till you meet Ferdie Ward in this detailed book written by a family member out to mend, or prune, a bad branch in the family tree. In the course of the book, Ferdie's acts lead to taking down a financial institution and an American president. I cannot think which is worse: deceiving your business associates and clients, who you have a fiduciary responsibility to, or to your own flesh and blood. Read this book and come to your own conclusions.

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