Perhaps the 19th century's best book on Wall Street, Fifty Yearsin Wall Street provides a fascinating look at the financial marketsduring a period of rapid economic expansion. Henry Clews was agiant figure in finance at that time, and his firsthand accountbrings this colorful era to life like never before. He revealsshocking stories of political and economic manipulation and how hehelped bring down the mighty Boss Tweed. He writes eloquently aboutthe madness of the markets and how the era's greatest speculatorsamassed their fortunes. This book provides an expansive view ofWall Street in an era of little regulation, rampant politicalcorruption, and rapid financial change.
Henry Clews was born in England in 1836 and emigrated to theUnited States in 1850. In 1859, he cofounded what became the secondlargest marketer of federal bonds during the Civil War. Later, heorganized the "Committee of 70," which deposed the corrupt TweedRing in New York City, and served as an economic consultant toPresident Ulysses Grant.