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By Geoffrey C. Ward

Ferdinand Ward was once the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. provide and ran roughshod over the whole global of finance. Now, his compelling, behind-the-scenes tale is told—told by means of his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.

Ward used to be the Bernie Madoff of his day, a intended genius at making immense cash speedy on Wall road who became out to were operating an enormous pyramid scheme—one that eventually collapsed in a single of the best monetary scandals in American historical past. The son of a Protestant missionary and small-town pastor with secrets and techniques of his personal to maintain, Ward got here to manhattan at twenty-one and in lower than a decade, armed with appeal, strength, and a complete loss of moral sense, made himself the company associate of the previous president of the us and used to be greatly hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” honestly, he became out to be a whole fraud, his complete lifestyles marked via dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for whatever yet his personal interests.

Drawing from millions of family members files by no means earlier than tested, Geoffrey C. Ward strains his great-grandfather’s quick upward push to riches and popularity and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the way in which; speedy horses and crooked bankers and corrupt big apple officers; court confrontations and 6 years in Sing Sing; and Ferdinand’s determined scheme to kidnap his personal son to get his fingers at the property his overdue spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a couple of vintage American con artist, advised with boundless attraction and dry wit via one in all our best historians.

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Before the year was over, Congress sent him back to France to join a delegation that was negotiating peace with Britain. After several months, during which it became evident that Adams’ bluntness made him unsuited to work with the French foreign minister, he moved to the Netherlands, where he advanced the cause of the United States by negotiating a substantial loan and persuading the Dutch to grant the country diplomatic recognition. Adams concluded his diplomatic career by serving as the first American minister to Great Britain, returning to the United States in 1788.

There was an outpouring of opposition to the Jay Treaty because it did not meet some American demands. 15 The Washington administration also negotiated treaties with friendly Indian tribes and used force to suppress tribes that were hostile, further clearing the frontier for settlement. Two of Washington’s further actions were prompted by events. In 1792, war erupted between revolutionary France and Great Britain. indd 19 5/19/2009 12:34:23 PM Chapter 2 ists to support Britain and from Republicans to side with France.

19 Three days before the end of his presidency, Jefferson reluctantly went along with the repeal of the embargo and its replacement by a measure that permitted shipping to nations other than Britain and France. The trajectory of the Jefferson presidency bears a resemblance to that of the twentieth-century chief executive Lyndon Johnson. In each case, a politically gifted chief executive began his presidency with major domestic achievements, winning great popular support, but went on to founder over an international initiative.

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