By Geoffrey C. Ward
Ferdinand Ward was once the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. furnish and ran roughshod over the full global of finance. Now, his compelling, behind-the-scenes tale is told—told through his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
Ward used to be the Bernie Madoff of his day, a meant genius at making massive funds quickly on Wall road who grew to become out to were working a huge 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 big apple at twenty-one and in below a decade, armed with attraction, strength, and a complete loss of judgment of right and wrong, made himself the enterprise accomplice of the previous president of the us and used to be greatly hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” honestly, he grew to become out to be a whole fraud, his complete existence marked via dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for something yet his personal interests.
Drawing from millions of relations files by no means ahead of tested, Geoffrey C. Ward strains his great-grandfather’s quick upward push to riches and status and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the best way; quick horses and crooked bankers and corrupt big apple officers; court docket confrontations and 6 years in Sing Sing; and Ferdinand’s determined scheme to kidnap his personal son to get his palms at the property his past due spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a couple of vintage American con artist, advised with boundless appeal and dry wit through certainly one of our best historians.
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3. Artist’s rendition of the Yangtze Gorge Dam as envisioned in John L. Savage’s report, 1945. Courtesy of National Archives, Denver, Colorado. reaches of the river are mountainous and characterized by deep canyons of a kind that for Savage must have recalled the Colorado River. Described as one observer as a place of “spectacular and sometime violent beauty,” this region of the Yangtze has played a significant role in Chinese cosmology and literature, yet was also at the time surely one of China’s most remote regions.
Throughout this period, the Bureau tracked the activities of governments and hydraulic entrepreneurs related to dam construction and irrigation development abroad. Folders related to “foreign activities” in its Denver archives contain numerous newspaper articles, requests for information, and similar communiqués from a broad range of foreign governments. 8 This period of unofficial, informal interactions between the Bureau and its counterparts in other nations established a pattern of cooperation and mutual interest that laid the groundwork for the more formal relations that would characterize the coming decades.
I examine the internal discussions within the American state about how best to organize technical assistance programs and, following creation of Truman’s Point Four program in 1949 and its successor agencies, the Bureau’s official entrée into the sphere of overseas development. An important dimension of the Bureau’s institutionalization within the sphere of foreign policy encompassed debates over how economic and technical assistance might enhance the capacity of American business interests to increase their global influence and investment opportunities.
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 by Geoffrey C. Ward