Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America's First Female Tycoon

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Hetty Green (1835-1916) was the only woman to make her mark in the financial markets during the Guilded Age of the late 1800s. She parlayed an inheritance of $500,000 into $100 million ($2.5 billion in current money), amassing fortunes in U.S. bonds and real estate through impeccable timing. Immortalized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "world's greatest miser," she kept her family living in modest tenements, dressed in drab clothes, and was a notorious penny-pincher. Dubbed the "Witch of Wall Street," she was widely believed to live an unhappy existence despite her riches. Slack's account reveals a much more multidimensional character than Green was popularly believed to be; yes, she was eccentric, but her wry wit and colorful personality bring humor and pathos to this story. She was unfairly vilified because of her sex, and readers cannot help from cheering for her at every turn.

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When J. P. Morgan called a meeting of New York's financial leaders after the stock market crash of 1907, Hetty Green was the only woman in the room. The "Guinness Book of World Records" memorialized her as the World's Greatest Miser, and, indeed, this unlikely robber baron -- who parlayed a comfortable inheritance into a fortune that was worth about 1.6 billion in today's dollars -- was frugal to a fault. But in an age when women weren't even allowed to vote, never mind concern themselves with interest rates, she lived by her own rules. In "Hetty," Charles Slack reexamines her life and legacy, giving us, at long last, a splendidly "nuanced portrait" "(Newsweek)" of one of the greatest -- and most eccentric -- financiers in American history. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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"A wonderfully detailed new biography." -- Forbes

"A fascinating book." -- New York Post

"[An] instructive account.. Slack offers an exemplary retelling for a new generation." -- Kirkus Reviews

"[A] nuanced portrait." -- Newsweek

"Fascinating." -- Tucson Citizen

"Slack concentrates on telling a good story and telling it well.... [An] entertaining biography."--Publishers Weekly

"A wonderfully detailed new biography."--Forbes

"Fascinating."--Tucson Citizen

"A fascinating book."--New York Post

"[An] instructive account.... Slack offers an exemplary retelling for a new generation."--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] nuanced portrait."--Newsweek

"[A] page-turning portrait of an important and complicated woman."--Richmond Times-Dispatch

[An] instructive account . Slack offers an exemplary retelling for a new generation. --Kirkus Reviews"

Slack concentrates on telling a good story and telling it well.... [An] entertaining biography. --Publishers Weekly"

A wonderfully detailed new biography. --Forbes"

[A] page-turning portrait of an important and complicated woman. --Richmond Times-Dispatch"

[A] nuanced portrait. --Newsweek"

A fascinating book. --New York Post"

Fascinating. --Tucson Citizen"

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