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See all 3 brand new listings. Buy It Now. Add to cart. Grant , Hardcover. Be the first to write a review About this product. About this product Product Information This text provides a biographical portrait of Bernard Baruch , one of the most famous stock traders and venture capitalists. He was a fascinating character in both financial and political circles and friend and financial advisor to several presidents.
He made millions trading and investing and because of his financial genius and larger-than-life persona, his reputation reached legendary proportions. This text provides a biographical portrait of the man behind the myth. Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. Those who aspire either to riches or to political influence should read this book.
No one dissects the idiosyncrasies of supply and demand with greater wit and intelligence. Not only does it cover such great moments as when Baruch visited the Tacoma suburb of Boston to acquire the copper mill for American Smelting, but all sorts of sophisticated dealings on Wall Street.
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Bernard M. We had our ups and downs together. I began work on his biography with the hypothesis that there was less to the legendary investor and mythical Adviser to Presidents than met the eye.
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Bringing out the truth, I hoped to put a famous American life in the context of almost a century of American financial history. I was successful in one thing, at least.
I was able to show conclusively that Baruch, as a moneymaker, was only human. Thus, he did not sell out at the top in —he was, indeed, bullish—a fact that may prove to be of more than academic interest in the highly speculative market environment of However, what I quickly came to understand was that this fallibility was worthy and appealing. Certainly, the success that the mortal Baruch enjoyed through trial and error was harder won than any that the legendary Baruch might have achieved through pure clairvoyance.
My skepticism turned to admiration.
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And presently, admiration was mingled with affection. Your poor wife! And then, as the years passed and as my research moved into the public phase of his career, all previous feelings gave way to an overwhelming sense of exasperation.
By the time the first book was published, in , I was glad to see the back of him. Then, again, I have no doubt, Baruch would have been delighted to be done with me.
The signal event of his early career at A. Railroads failed William H. We must have railroads. In Chicago, soup kitchens were thrown up to accommodate the casual travelers who had drifted to town for the Columbian Exposition of and who had been stranded by the panic as if by a blizzard.
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Not until after the defeat of William Jennings Bryan and the silver movement in the presidential election did the depression run its course. Industrial companies were organized, railroads were reorganized, and new securities poured from Wall Street. The stock market, which in the early s had been in the hands of professionals, increasingly engaged the public. At the turn of the century more people traded more common stock than ever before. The steel crowd came to town, a horde of millionaires with no more regard for money than drunken sailors.
The only game that satisfied them was the stock market.
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We had some of the biggest high rollers the street ever saw: John W. Drake, Loyal Smith, and the rest; the Reid-Leeds-Moore crowd, who sold part of their steel holdings and with the proceeds bought in the open market the actual majority of the stock of the great Rock Island system; and Schwab and Frick and Phipps and the Pittsburgh coterie; to say nothing of scores of men who were lost in the shuffle but would have been called great plungers at any other time. A fellow could buy and sell all the stock there was.
Keene made a market for the US Steel shares.