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The murder of Jim Fisk for the love of Josie Mansfield: a tragedy of the Gilded Age

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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, 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.

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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, 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.

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subject_facetCapitalists and financiers -- United States -- Biography
Fisk, James, -- 1835-1872 -- Assassination
Fisk, James, -- 1835-1872 -- Relations with women
Mansfield, Josie
Murder -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography
New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Showgirls -- United States -- Biography
title_displayThe murder of Jim Fisk for the love of Josie Mansfield : a tragedy of the Gilded Age
title_fullThe Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield A Tragedy of the Gilded Age
The murder of Jim Fisk for the love of Josie Mansfield : a tragedy of the Gilded Age / H.W. Brands
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Biography & Autobiography
Business
Capitalists and financiers
Fisk, James
History
Mansfield, Josie
Murder
Nonfiction
Relations with women
Showgirls
Social life and customs