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Separating fools from their money : a history of American financial scandals

Author: Scott B MacDonald; Jane E Hughes
Publisher: New Brunswick : Transaction Publishers, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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From the Back Cover: What do Michael Milken and Martha Stewart have in common? (Answer: Both became public scapegoats for an outrageous era of greed and excess.) Jack Welch and Jim Fisk? (Answer: Both were captains of industry, eventually undone by extracurricular philandering.) Which was the most outrageous party thrown by a financial baron of the twentieth century? (Answer: Tough call, but either Michael Milken's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott B MacDonald; Jane E Hughes
ISBN: 9781412810548 141281054X
OCLC Number: 286471971
Description: x, 284 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Revised preface --
1: Introduction --
2: Wall Street loses its innocence: William Duer and the panic of 1792 --
3: Gilded age part I: all that glitters --
4: Gilded age part II: of presidents and bankers --
5: Teapot Dome erupts --
6: Empires undone: Samuel Insull, the emperor of utilities --
7: Decade of greed: Michael Milken, junk bonds, and insiders (1980s) --
8: Decade of greed, continued: where the money is --
9: 1990s B E (Before Enron): a few bad apples, or rotten to the core? --
10: Enron etc vol I: crooks, liars, and envelope-pushers --
11: Enron etc vol II: enablers, symbols, and scapegoats --
12: Eliot the untouchable (Spitzer, not Ness) --
13: Conclusion --
Postscript: Financial panic of 2007-2008 --
Selected bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Scott B. MacDonald and Jane E. Hughes.

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Traces the history of financial scandals from the early days of the young republic through the Enron/WorldCom debacle of modern times. This book exposes themes common to various financial scandals,  Read more...

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