From Jay Gould's attempt to corner the gold market in the 1860s to the Hunt brothers's scandalous efforts to control the silver market in the 1980s, "Wheels of Fortune" traces the rich, colourful history of the futures market on its quest for respectability and profit. This account describes why this market has been grabbing headlines for over 100 years as both respectable economic institutions and hotbeds of gambling activity and scandal.
CHARLES R. GEISST is the author of thirteen books, including the bestsellers Wall Street: A History and 100 Years of Wall Street as well as The Last Partnerships and Monopolies in America. Previously, he worked as a capital markets analyst and investment banker at several investment banks in London and also has taught both political science and finance. He has contributed to many journals and newspapers, including the International Herald Tribune, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, and The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared as a guest on many radio and television financial programs.