A gambler, a forger, a briber, a marketing magnate, and a swindler walk into a race track and their names are Jacob Simon Herzig and George Graham Rice. Actually it's the same guy who went by the pseudonym George Graham Rice for the majority of his life. Thornton relives Herzig's many hats frequently switching between marketing a scam, getting rich, and not soon after going broke on his vices and going to one of his many stays in jail. I begrudgingly related at moments to the character piece of this book when he had his midlife crisis at thirty (average life expectancy was 47 years in the 1900s) and had yet to make a meaningful impact on the world. We diverge in our implementation of how to achieve such a goal.
I am fascinated by Black Monday and keeping in line with last week's book I wanted to read another book with content on the mechanics of crashes. Diana Henriques was good at getting the interactions of key players and like how regulatory capture of the CFTC (Commodities Futures Trading Commission) could be considered a CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) plot by Melamed and how it wrangled key decisions on index futures from the SEC because of a weak or Laissez-faire personality traits.
Stoked Wallet Austin talks about Scott Nations book A History of the United States in Five Crashes.