By Geoffrey C. Ward
Ferdinand Ward used to be 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 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 large cash speedy on Wall road who grew to become out to were operating a huge pyramid scheme—one that eventually collapsed in a single of the best monetary scandals in American background. 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 under a decade, armed with appeal, strength, and a complete loss of sense of right and wrong, made himself the company companion of the previous president of the USA and was once greatly hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” honestly, he grew to become out to be an entire fraud, his complete lifestyles marked by means of dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for whatever yet his personal interests.
Drawing from hundreds of thousands of kin files by no means ahead of tested, Geoffrey C. Ward strains his great-grandfather’s speedy upward push to riches and popularity and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the way in which; quick horses and crooked bankers and corrupt manhattan 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 few vintage American con artist, informed with boundless appeal and dry wit by means of one in all our best historians.
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The style of the very first Checklist Johnson saw already differed slightly from the ones Kennedy had enjoyed reading. Beginning on the afternoon of the assassination itself, analysts in the OCI started adding context to many analytic items to bring the new president up to speed on the things that his predecessor had been fully aware of. ” Bromley Smith at the NSC signed off on the idea of offering such additional text but warned that analysts should not be too obvious in their efforts to educate the new president, who had proven sensitive to real or perceived condescension.
In the wake of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, an exasperated McGeorge Bundy finally vented to Kennedy, laying out his annoyance with the president’s style. “I hope you’ll be in a good mood,” the national security advisor wrote. ” He offered his diagnosis: “We do have a problem of management; centrally it is a problem of your use of time and your use of your staff. ” Bundy then proposed a new approach: First: you should set aside a real and regular time each day for national security discussion and action.
The development of the Checklist was only half the job. In most cases, getting the publication out of the CIA without any upper-level management interference would have been just as difficult. But in a rare coincidence, the three officials above Sheldon within the CIA hierarchy—director Dulles, deputy director General Charles Cabell, and DDI Robert Amory—were all out of town. So Sheldon boldly assumed the authority to communicate with the president, pushing the new product out the door before anyone above him in the management chain could weigh in or object.
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