The Gilded Age and Progressive Era

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Jay Gould: An American Rascal

Ep. 29

Of all the tycoons of the Gilded Age, Jay Gould stands out as a speculator and industrialist that would do anything to make money. Greg Steinmetz, a journalist and Wall Street analyst joins me to discuss the life of this legendary "rascal." Regardless of how you might interpret Gould's place in American history, he cannot be ignored.


Essential Reading:

Greg Steinmetz, American Rascal: How Jay Gould Built Wall Street's Biggest Fortune (2022).


Recommended Reading:

T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (2009).


Edward J. Renehan Jr., Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould (2006).


H. W. Brands, The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield: A Tragedy of the Gilded Age (2011).

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