By James Grant
Bernard Baruch used to be a self-made millionaire, mythical inventory dealer, and enterprise investor. for many of the 1st half the twentieth century, he epitomized the “good side” of Wall road within the public brain. Celebrated as “Adviser to Presidents” and “The Park Bench Statesman,” he additionally turned referred to as “The guy Who offered out earlier than the Crash.
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