Simon & Schuster



American Rascal

In American Rascal, Greg Steinmetz tells robber baron Jay Gould’s rags-to-riches story and gives a nuanced view of why he matters to American history.

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Review of ‘American Rascal’

Mark Twain wrote that "Jay Gould was the mightiest disaster which has ever befallen this country. The people had desired money before his day, but he taught them to fall down and worship it." Gould's fellow Gilded Age robber barons were more positive. Cornelius Vanderbilt called him "the smartest man in America," and John D.…

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