100 Years of Wall Street

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There is probably no other "street" in the world that is as influential as Wall Street. From robber barons to money trusts; the Depression to the great 1950s bull market; increased government regulation and war to the ongoing 1990s boom; from insider trading and fraud to antitrust suits; from J.P. Morgan, Michael Milken, Ivan Boetsky to Bill Gates, Wall Street is a site of history-making events and unforgettable figures. This book gives a decade-by-decade, pictorial eyewitness account of Wall Street's past, its people and events throughout the 20th century.

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In 100 Years of Wall Street, Charles Geisst (author of Wall Street: A History) takes us on a tour of one of America's most storied institutions. From the early bucket shops at the turn of the century to Maria Bartiromo of CNBC, Geisst, with the help of a collection of pictures, charts, cartoons, and stock certificates presents an entertaining look at the remarkable changes that have transformed this small corner of New York into the cornerstone of the world's financial markets.

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Relive 100 years of sensational events and unforgettable characters from the world's most famous street!

For the first two decades of the 20th century, Wall Street was unsafe for the individual investor; today, millions of ordinary Americans feel secure placing their nest eggs and retirement accounts in a soaring market. How did the shark-infested waters of the world's most famous, if not notorious, street become the trusted center of global finance? How has "The Street" developed under the mixed stewardship of entrepreneurial wizards, swindlers, visionaries and government regulators?

100 Years of Wall Street, a richly illustrated popular history of the American century's greed and ingenuity, catastrophes and triumphs, is also the very human story of rich and powerful men whose actions changed the shape of the economic landscape, often overnight. J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, Michael Milken -- each in his own way had enormous influence over the way other people would live their lives.

Best-selling author Charles R. Geisst's dramatic narrative singles out the important historical events while interweaving profiles of forceful personalities, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and curious facts to produce a kaleidoscopic view of "The Street." In addition to the 150 photographs, most of them rarely reproduced, there are charts to explain historical convulsions in the markets and reproductions of such memorabilia as early mutual fund literature and stock certificates from mining and railroad companies.

An introduction to Wall Street lore that reveals many aspects of history that will be unfamiliar even to knowledgeable investors and investment professionals, 100 Years of Wall Street is very much the story of America itself. From Teddy Roosevelt's trust-busting to the booming Reagan years to the electric economy of the present, the fortunes of Wall Street have reflected or directed many of the aspirations, achievements and miscalculations of the nation as a whole.

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