Ultimate Folly

Ultimate Folly

The Rises and Falls of Whitaker Wright, the World's Most Shameless Swindler

Hardback334pp232x153mm

9781785903786     Product Code: 511642

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Whitaker Wright was a Victorian conman who made and lost a fortune by selling stock in companies that ultimately failed to deliver. This account of his exploits reveals the heights of his successes, with excesses including an underwater smoking room and a steam yacht where he entertained aristocrats, and his dramatic downfalls. Having fled from America to England, and then back again, he was finally convicted of financial fraud and committed suicide in the dock.

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