Wall Street: A History, Updated Edition

Paperback | September 19, 2012

byCharles R. Geisst

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Wall Street is an unending source of legend - and nightmares. It is a universal symbol of both the highest aspirations of economic prosperity and the basest impulses of greed and deception. Charles R. Geisst's Wall Street is at once a chronicle of the street itself - from the days when thewall was merely a defensive barricade built by Peter Stuyvesant - and an engaging economic history of the United States, a tale of profits and losses, enterprising spirits, and key figures that transformed America into the most powerful economy in the world. The book traces many themes, like themove of industry and business westward in the early 19th century, the rise of the great Robber Barons, and the growth of industry from the securities market's innovative financing of railroads, major steel companies, and Bell's and Edison's technical innovations. And because "The Street" has alwaysbeen a breeding ground for outlandish characters with brazen nerve, no history of the stock market would be complete without a look at the conniving of ruthless wheeler-dealers and lesser known but influential rogues.This updated edition covers the historic, almost apocalyptic events of the 2008 financial crisis and the overarching policy changes of the Obama administration. As Wall Street and America have changed irrevocably after the crisis, Charles R. Geisst offers the definitive chronicle of the relationshipbetween the two, and the challenges and successes it has fostered that have shaped our history.

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Wall Street is an unending source of legend - and nightmares. It is a universal symbol of both the highest aspirations of economic prosperity and the basest impulses of greed and deception. Charles R. Geisst's Wall Street is at once a chronicle of the street itself - from the days when thewall was merely a defensive barricade built by...

Charles R. Geisst is Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Professor of Finance at Manhattan College, and the author of many books, including Collateral Damaged: The Marketing of Consumer Debt to America and Beggar-Thy-Neighbor: A History of Usury and Debt.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 19, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195396219

ISBN - 13:9780195396218

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PrefaceIntroduction1. The Early Years2. The Railroad and Civil War ErasT3. The Robber Barrons4. The Age of the Trusts5. The Money Trust6. The Booming Twenties7. Wall Street Meets the New Deal8. The Struggle Continues9. Bull Market10. Bear Market11. Megermania12. Running Our of Steam13. [events leading to financial crisis]14. [policy changes]NotesBibliographyIndex