Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1938

by John Brooks

Wiley | September 7, 1999 | Trade Paperback

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Once in Golconda "In this book, John Brooks-who was one of the most elegant of all business writers-perfectly catches the flavor of one of history''s best-known financial dramas: the 1929 crash and its aftershocks. It''s packed with parallels and parables for the modern reader." -From the Foreword by Richard Lambert Editor-in-Chief, The Financial Times Once in Golconda is a dramatic chronicle of the breathtaking rise, devastating fall, and painstaking rebirth of Wall Street in the years between the wars. Focusing on the lives and fortunes of some of the era''s most memorable traders, bankers, boosters, and frauds, John Brooks brings to vivid life all the ruthlessness, greed, and reckless euphoria of the ''20s bull market, the desperation of the days leading up to the crash of ''29, and the bitterness of the years that followed. Praise for Once in Golconda "A fast-moving, sophisticated account.embracing the stock-market boom of the twenties, the crash of 1929, the Depression, and the coming of the New Deal. Its leitmotif is the truly tragic personal history of Richard Whitney, the aristocrat Morgan broker and head of the Stock Exchange, who ended up in Sing Sing." -Edmund Wilson, writing in the New Yorker "As Mr. Brooks tells this tale of dishonor, desperation, and the fall of the mighty, it takes on overtones of Greek tragedy, a king brought down by pride. Whitney''s sordid history has been told before..But in Mr. Brooks''s hands, the drama becomes freshly shocking." -Wall Street Journal "It''s all there in Once in Golconda-the avarice of an era that favored the rich; and the later anguish of myriads of speculators doomed by a bloated market, easy credit, and their own cupidity and stupidity." -Saturday Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 307 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.87 in

Published: September 7, 1999

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0471357529

ISBN - 13: 9780471357520

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Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1938

by John Brooks

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 307 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.87 in

Published: September 7, 1999

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0471357529

ISBN - 13: 9780471357520

Table of Contents

Overture: The Outrage.

Ticker Tyranny.

The Almost Aristocracy.

So Near the Apes.

Things Fall Apart.

Enter the White Knight.

Gold Standard on the Booze.

Ordeal in Washington.

The White Knight Unhorsed.

Rising Action.

Catastrophe.

Denouement.

Acknowledgments.

Sources.

Index.

From the Publisher

Once in Golconda "In this book, John Brooks-who was one of the most elegant of all business writers-perfectly catches the flavor of one of history''s best-known financial dramas: the 1929 crash and its aftershocks. It''s packed with parallels and parables for the modern reader." -From the Foreword by Richard Lambert Editor-in-Chief, The Financial Times Once in Golconda is a dramatic chronicle of the breathtaking rise, devastating fall, and painstaking rebirth of Wall Street in the years between the wars. Focusing on the lives and fortunes of some of the era''s most memorable traders, bankers, boosters, and frauds, John Brooks brings to vivid life all the ruthlessness, greed, and reckless euphoria of the ''20s bull market, the desperation of the days leading up to the crash of ''29, and the bitterness of the years that followed. Praise for Once in Golconda "A fast-moving, sophisticated account.embracing the stock-market boom of the twenties, the crash of 1929, the Depression, and the coming of the New Deal. Its leitmotif is the truly tragic personal history of Richard Whitney, the aristocrat Morgan broker and head of the Stock Exchange, who ended up in Sing Sing." -Edmund Wilson, writing in the New Yorker "As Mr. Brooks tells this tale of dishonor, desperation, and the fall of the mighty, it takes on overtones of Greek tragedy, a king brought down by pride. Whitney''s sordid history has been told before..But in Mr. Brooks''s hands, the drama becomes freshly shocking." -Wall Street Journal "It''s all there in Once in Golconda-the avarice of an era that favored the rich; and the later anguish of myriads of speculators doomed by a bloated market, easy credit, and their own cupidity and stupidity." -Saturday Review

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Once in Golconda "In this book, John Brooks-who was one of the most elegant of all business writers-perfectly catches the flavor of one of history''s best-known financial dramas: the 1929 crash and its aftershocks. It''s packed with parallels and parables for the modern reader." -From the Foreword by Richard Lambert Editor-in-Chief, The Financial Times Once in Golconda is a dramatic chronicle of the breathtaking rise, devastating fall, and painstaking rebirth of Wall Street in the years between the wars. Focusing on the lives and fortunes of some of the era''s most memorable traders, bankers, boosters, and frauds, John Brooks brings to vivid life all the ruthlessness, greed, and reckless euphoria of the ''20s bull market, the desperation of the days leading up to the crash of ''29, and the bitterness of the years that followed. Praise for Once in Golconda "A fast-moving, sophisticated account.embracing the stock-market boom of the twenties, the crash of 1929, the Depression, and the coming of the New Deal. Its leitmotif is the truly tragic personal history of Richard Whitney, the aristocrat Morgan broker and head of the Stock Exchange, who ended up in Sing Sing." -Edmund Wilson, writing in the New Yorker "As Mr. Brooks tells this tale of dishonor, desperation, and the fall of the mighty, it takes on overtones of Greek tragedy, a king brought down by pride. Whitney''s sordid history has been told before..But in Mr. Brooks''s hands, the drama becomes freshly shocking." -Wall Street Journal "It''s all there in Once in Golconda-the avarice of an era that favored the rich; and the later anguish of myriads of speculators doomed by a bloated market, easy credit, and their own cupidity and stupidity." -Saturday Review

About the Author

JOHN BROOKS was an award-winning New Yorker staff writer and author of several critically acclaimed explorations of business and Wall Street. Besides Once in Golconda, these include The Go-Go Years (Wiley), The Games Players, Business Adventures, and The Fate of the Edsel.