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The Richest Woman in America

The Richest Woman in America by Janet Wallach
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Jun 04, 2013 | 384 Pages
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“An enthusiastic portrait of an investment pioneer who matched her male counterparts in ambition and guile, and never backed down from a fight. . . . Filled with colorful historical details of an economic time that eerily parallels our own.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Aspiring investors might want to memorize Hetty Green’s words as they do Warren Buffett’s. . . . In telling Green’s story, Wallach also tells the story of America’s repeated busts and booms in a way that seems very relevant right now.” —The Washington Post

“A lively book that whisks readers through five decades of Green’s wheeling and dealing. . . Wallach brings a warm empathy to her account.” —The Daily Beast

“Hetty Green was a talented investor who had the bad luck to be born in an era when a guild, the guild of Victorian men, shut out a whole class of minds—women’s.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Wallach does an admirable job putting together a more complete picture of the fascinating and ground-breaking Green beyond her ‘Witch of Wall Street’ reputation.” —USA Today

 “It’s always fun to return to the story of Green, who died in 1916 with a fortune of $100 million. . . . Incredibly, it was money she earned through savvy and aggressive investing. Green, who was notoriously frugal and never shied away from a fight, earned a reputation as the mean, crazy lady of Wall Street. But Wallach presents Green’s charitable self, a woman who could be wise and witty, warm as well.” —New York Daily News

 “An enjoyable account. . . . Wallach successfully portrays a compelling woman who kept her eyes on the glittering financial prize, using a commonsense philosophy regarding real estate and investment throughout the nineteenth century’s Wall Street roller-coaster.” —Publishers Weekly

“Despite her shrewd investment acumen, [Green’s] remarkable achievements were often overshadowed by her well-publicized eccentricities . . . . Most journalists failed to acknowledge her blistering business savvy and the tremendous power she wielded in a male-dominated arena. Wallach does Green long-overdue service by providing an evenhanded account.” —Booklist

“Absorbing . . . takes us through America’s repeated booms and busts through the eyes and coolheaded example of the remarkable financial genius Hetty Green. . . . Should be mandatory reading for investors.” —The Washington Times

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