The Plungers & the Peacocks: 170 Years on Wall Street

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The Plungers and the Peacocks is an entertaining portrait of the personalities and corporate battles of Wall Street, the most famous financial district in the world. Using interviews with old-timers" who lived through the events of the Street from the 1920s to the 40s and memoirs, and letters, the author has produced a sweeping narrative of the games people played" in establishing America's financial center. Dana L. Thomas recounts a roller-coaster ride of excitement and intrigue, from the slave auctions of ...

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Overview

The Plungers and the Peacocks is an entertaining portrait of the personalities and corporate battles of Wall Street, the most famous financial district in the world. Using interviews with old-timers" who lived through the events of the Street from the 1920s to the 40s and memoirs, and letters, the author has produced a sweeping narrative of the games people played" in establishing America's financial center. Dana L. Thomas recounts a roller-coaster ride of excitement and intrigue, from the slave auctions of Captain Kidd to the battle by Robert Young to gain control of the New York Central Railroad.

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Mark Skousen
Best history of Wall Street. Absolutely fascinating.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587991097
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/24/2001
  • Series: Legends of Commerce Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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Dana L. Thomas was an Associate Editor of Barron's National Business and Financial Weekly. He attended Harvard where he concentrated on history and economics. During the Second World War he served as a news editor and military historian attached to the Third Army of General George S. Patton

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Table of Contents

About the Author Introduction 1.Speculation Wiped a Tear 2.The Blue, the Gray and the Gold 3.Ulysses in Night Town 4.The Bulls and the Bears 5.The Great Society - Yesterday 6.Bank Runs and a Money Panic 7.The Bulls See Red 8.The Big Swingers 9.Prophets and Profits 10.The Crash of 1929 11.The Great Depression 12.The Corporate Raiders 13.Plungers, Peacocks and Technology Final Thoughts Bibliography Index

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