History

Included in this exhibit are just of few examples of books from the Hess Collection that examine the people and events from different eras in Wall Street's past. From the first stirrings of a financial district under Wall Street's buttonwood tree in 1792 to the multi-million dollar exploits of financial giants and institutional investors during the twentieth century, these texts provide invaluable insight, and often entertaining reading, to students of the financial markets.

Brooks, John. Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1938. New York: Harper & Row, 1969.

"Golconda, now a ruin, was a city in southeastern India where, according to legend, everyone who passed through got rich. A similar legend attached to Wall Street between the wars." First edition, hardbound with dust jacket.

Brooks, John. The Go-Go Years. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1973.

A chronicle of the financial boom and bust that marked the 1960s and account of the reasons behind the events of America's "most speculative era." First edition, hardbound with dust jacket.

Brooks, John. The Seven Fat Years: Chronicles of Wall Street. New York: Harper Brothers, 1958.

"The greatest boom on record," wrote John Brooks in 1958, "really got under way during 1950, and it ended, perhaps temporarily but certainly firmly, in the latter half of 1957." Brooks account aims to prove that "in terms of the people involved . . . it may have been . . . the liveliest and most interesting boom on record." First edition, hardbound with dust jacket.

Howard, Ernest. Wall Street Fifty years After Erie. Boston: Stratford, 1923.

Anaccount of the "making and breaking of the Jay Gould railroad fortune." First edition, hardbound.

Neill, Humphrey. The Inside Story of the Stock Exchange. New York: B. C. Forbes & Sons, 1950.

A well researched account of the history of the New York Stock Exchange, from its days under the buttonwood tree to the aftermath of World War II. First edition, hardbound with dust jacket. Inscribed by the author: "Good luck, Doctor. Humphrey B. Neill."

Pecora, Ferdinand. Wall Street Under Oath. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1936.

Aninsider's look at the "Pecora Investigation" of stock market operations during the 1920s, as written by the Counsel to the United States Committee on Banking and Currency. Pecora's comprehensive investigation, which subpoenaed some of the most prominent financiers of the age and asked them to explain how they made their fortunes, led to the enactment of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. First edition, hardbound with dust jacket.

Sobel, Robert. The Last Bull Market: Wall Street in the 1960's. New York: Norton, 1980.

When the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached the landmark figure of 1000 in January of 1966, it did so only for a brief span before an inflation-plagued economy precipitated a steady decline that was to continue well into the next decade. "This is the story of the people and events that made the last bull market." First edition, hardbound with dust jacket.

Warshow, Robert Irving. The Story of Wall Street. New York: Greenberg, 1929.

A history of the people and events of Wall Street, from the millions who follow the quotations to the market leaders who make them. First edition, hardbound with illustrations.

Winkelman, B. F. Ten Years of Wall Street. Chicago: John C. Winston, 1932.

Anaccount of the decade preceding the 1929 crash as viewed from a legal perspective. First edition, hardbound with illustrations.

Wyckoff, Richard D. Wall Street Ventures and Adventures Through Forty Years. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1930.

A view of four formative decades in the history of the Stock Exchange, as told by one who learned the business from the ground up and came to know it inside and out. First edition, hardbound with dust jacket and illustrations

 

                                                                                                             

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