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Even before he was shot dead on the stairway of the tony Grand Central Hotel in 1872, financier James “Jubilee Jim” Fisk, Jr., was a notorious New York City figure. From his audacious attempt to corner the gold market in 1869 to his battle for control of the geographically crucial Erie Railroad, Fisk was a flamboyant exemplar of a new financial era marked by volatile fortunes and unprecedented greed and corruption. But it was his scandalously open affair with a showgirl named Josie Mansfield that ultimately led to his demise.
 
In this riveting short history—the first in his American Portraits series—H. W. Brands traces Fisk’s extraordinary downfall, bringing to life New York’s Gilded Age and some of its legendary players, including Boss William Tweed, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and the railroad tycoon Jay Gould.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nini Villanova | 10/14/2013

    " I give it two stars. It was an interesting story, but the lack of citation and sources bothered me to no end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rosemary A. | 2/8/2013

    " The best I can say about a "history" book is that it reads like a novel. This one is also a murder mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alex Robinson | 5/17/2012

    " Very quick read which paints and interesting portrait of life in NYC during the period but lacks the depth needed to make it a stand-out read. It reminds me of Rick Geary's excellent TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDERS series of comics, but without the visual flair. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Allison | 3/26/2012

    " I like the idea of a shorter book about an event mostly lost to history, but for a book about an affair and murder, I had a hard time getting into this book. It is mostly a courtroom drama about characters I didn't care much about. "

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