The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield
A Tragedy of the Gilded Age
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—the first in his American Portraits series—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.
Baker & Taylor
Traces the life of notorious 19th-century financier James "Diamond Jim" Fish, providing narrative coverage of his business and personal exploits before he was gunned down in New York's Grand Central Hotel by a rival. By the Pulitzer Prize finalist author of The Age of Gold. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Traces the life of notorious financier James "Diamond Jim" Fisk, providing narrative coverage of his business and personal exploits before he was gunned down in New York's Grand Central Hotel by a rival.
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