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Geoffrey C. Ward is the coauthor of The Civil War (with Ken Burns and Ric Burns), and the author of A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, which won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography and the 1990 Francis Parkman Prize.
As a voracious reader of historical works, I had often wondered whatever happened to the man responsible for leading U.S. Grant to financial ruin. Read morePublished 6 months ago by michael c ward
First person narrator is concise and well coordinated through the entire book.Published 9 months ago by silvio i olivera
The first couple chapters could have/ should have been condensed to a few pages. Afterwards things picked up as Ferd Ward entered the scene. Read morePublished 10 months ago by billme123
Geoffrey Ward has a wonderful way of telling history in detail and across a wider sweep. This story about the Bernie Madoff of his day is a classic.Published 14 months ago by sddorrance
A little difficult to follow but interesting story. Unknown event that was intriguing to discover. Lost history again. Such a shame.Published 17 months ago by Granny
Ward has done a masterful (and bold) job of telling the history of his ancestor. It is meticulously researched and very well written. Read morePublished 17 months ago by ellen fike
There is an intangible about reading about Victorian Age scoundrels, that seems humorous. One can almost imagine a Keystone Cop movie playing out with fast motion bedlam and organ... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pugwash
This is a little known American story of a Bernie Madoff character who involved not only the gullible and envious public but a well respected, heroic American President. Read morePublished 19 months ago by allison