The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield : A Tragedy of the Gilded Age


The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield : A Tragedy of the Gilded Age

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Even before he was shot dead on the stairway of the tony Grand Central Hotel in 1872, financier James "Jubilee Jim" Fisk, Jr., was a notorious New York City figure. From his audacious attempt to corner the gold market in 1869 to his battle for control of the geographically crucial Erie Railroad, Fisk was a flamboyant exemplar of a new financial era marked by volatile fortunes and unprecedented greed and corruption. But it was his scandalously open affair with a showgirl named Josie Mansfield that ultimately led to his demise. In this riveting short history, H. W. Brands traces Fisk's extraordinary downfall, bringing to life New York's Gilded Age and some of its legendary players, including Boss William Tweed, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and the railroad tycoon Jay Gould.


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Details

Author(s)
Professor of History H W Brands
Format
Paperback | 206 pages
Dimensions
134 x 202 x 17mm | 245g
Publication date
31 May 2011
Publisher
Anchor Books
Publication City/Country
New York, NY, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
Illustrations, black and white
ISBN10
030774325X
ISBN13
9780307743251