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Dark Genius of Wall Street

The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons

Edward J. Renehan, Jr.


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Though reviled for more than a century as Wall Street's greatest villain, Jay Gould was in fact its most original creative genius. Gould was the robber baron's robber baron, the most astute financial and business strategist of his time and also the most widely hated. In Dark Genius of Wall Street, acclaimed biographer Edward J. Renehan, Jr., combines lively anecdotes with the rich social tapestry of the Gilded Age to paint the portrait of the most talented financial buccaneer of his generation -- and one of the inventors of modern business.

Basic Books, 9780465068869, 384pp.

Publication Date: April 18, 2006

About the Author

Edward J. Renehan Jr.'s books include Dark Genius of Wall Street, The Kennedys at War, The Lion's Pride, The Secret Six, and John Burroughs: An American Naturalist. He has given talks and lectures throughout the Northeast and has appeared on the History Channel, C-SPAN, PBS's American Experience, and numerous other broadcasts. He lives in Rhode Island.