Bernard Baruch was a self-made millionaire, legendary stock trader, and venture investor. For most of the first half of the 20th century, he epitomized Wall Street in the public mind, or at least the acceptable side of Wall Street.
Celebrated as "Adviser to Presidents" and "The Park Bench Statesman " he also became known as "The Man Who Sold Out before the Crash."
James Grant's research uncovered a wealth of previously untapped material on this fascinating figure. We read startling details of Baruch's controversial career in Washington in 1918 and at the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919; his behind-the-scenes role in the politics of the 1920s; his often-embittered relations with the New Deal and Fair Deal; and his service as American ambassador in the postwar negotiations to control the atomic bomb.
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About the Author
James Grant, a widely read author and media figure, is the founder and editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer. He also writes for The Wall Street Journal and other major media and appears on "60 Minutes" and other television shows.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Earlier Edition xiii
1 A Doctor's Son 1
2 Three Dollars a Week 21
3 Baruch's Wall Street 39
4 "Wealth Commenced to Pour In on Me" 61
5 His Own Man 85
6 The Baron of Hobcaw 111
7 Striking It Rich Reluctantly 133
8 Poison-Pen Letter 159
9 Captain of Industry 179
10 Plainspoken Diplomat 209
11 Farming, Money, McAdoo 231
12 "I Would Stand Pat" 263
13 Suffering Roosevelt 303
14 "His Métier Was Peril" 333
15 The Atom and All 367
About the Author 475