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Every man a speculator : a history of Wall Street in American life, Steve Fraser

Label
Every man a speculator : a history of Wall Street in American life
Title
Every man a speculator
Title remainder
a history of Wall Street in American life
Statement of responsibility
Steve Fraser
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
For more than two hundred years, Americans have enjoyed a love-hate relationship with Wall Street. Long an object of suspicion and fear, it eventually came to be seen as a more inviting place, an open road to wealth and freedom. Peeling away the layers of myth surrounding this fabled street, Steve Fraser shows that the remarkable transformation of Wall Street as a cultural icon -- its odyssey from perdition to salvation, from darkness into light -- is a story that goes to the heart of the American character. Long before we became a shareholder nation, back when only a minuscule part of the country's population invested, Wall Street had already provoked America's collective imagination. From the days when Alexander Hamilton was forced to confess his marital infidelities in order to defend his vision of the Republic's financial future, to Gordon Gekko's mantra "Greed is good" in the movie Wall Street, Americans have always been preoccupied with the virtues and sins of the stock market. Indeed, Wall Street is the place where we have constantly returned to wrestle with our ancestral attitudes about work and play, equality and wealth, God and mammon, heroes and villains, national purpose and economic well-being. Beginning in the Revolutionary era, Every Man a Speculator reveals the extraordinary power of Wall Street and its impact on our democracy; the moral dilemma posed for a society committed to the work ethic yet lured by the promise of instant wealth; and the chronic tension between our native egalitarianism and the forces of social hierarchy unleashed by the Street. In doing so, it spans the ages, from Captain Kidd's sojourn on the Street through the Civil War and Great Depression to the present day, when power brokers stalk the canyons of lower Manhattan speculating on the fate of whole nations. In Every Man a Speculator, Steve Fraser brings this epic history to life with colorful tales of confidence men and aristocrats, Napoleonic financiers and reckless adventurers, master builders and roguish destroyers, men to the manor born and men from nowhere
Cataloging source
BKL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fraser, Steve
Dewey number
332.64273
Index
index present
LC call number
HG4572
LC item number
.F84 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nasdaq Stock Market
  • Securities industry
  • Investments
Label
Every man a speculator : a history of Wall Street in American life, Steve Fraser
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1308/2005298631-b.html
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Buccaneers and confidence men on the financial frontier -- The imperial age -- The age of Ignominy -- The world turned upside down
Control code
ocm57536329
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st edition.
Extent
721 pages
Isbn
9780066620480
Lccn
2005298631
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)57536329
Label
Every man a speculator : a history of Wall Street in American life, Steve Fraser
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1308/2005298631-b.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Buccaneers and confidence men on the financial frontier -- The imperial age -- The age of Ignominy -- The world turned upside down
Control code
ocm57536329
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st edition.
Extent
721 pages
Isbn
9780066620480
Lccn
2005298631
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)57536329

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