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Once in Golconda
John Brooks's focus here is on Wall Street in the 1920s and 1930s, and describes the rise and subsequent disgrace of the New York Stock Exchange's president, Richard Whitney. The main character became the hero of the 1929 Crash, resolute and reassuring — the quintessential business statesman. And yet, in Jekyll and Hyde fashion, he was personally bankrupt at the time, a victim of his speculations in the Florida land debacle. He eventually resorted to embezzlement and ended up in prison. This story of arrogance, greed and misplaced idolatry is more than a bit relevant to our time, as well.

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