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The Richest Woman in America

Hetty Green in the Gilded Age

Wallach, Janet

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Richest Woman in America
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A captivating biography of America's first female tycoon, Hetty Green, the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0385531974
9780385531979
Characteristics: xvi, 281 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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Feb 09, 2014
  • markd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent bit of history - made more real for me as I spend time each every summer in South Dartmouth where we overlook Round Hill and the mansion that once belonged to Colonel Green (Ned - Hetty's son). Until I picked this book up - I did not realize the connection to New Bedford - my birthplace. I really enjoyed this book. I had heard how Hetty was the "witch of Wall Street". This book suggests a much more nuanced person. Janet Wallach has written a very accessible book and is correct in pointing out that history repeats - especially when it comes to money, finance and investing. We see similar booms and busts every number of years.

Dully sets the facts straight.

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