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Praise for The Richest Woman in America

“A lively book that whisks readers through five decades of Green’s wheeling and dealing … Wallach brings a warm empathy to her account of Green’s life and times.”
The Daily Beast

“Well-researched and well-written … Hetty Green was a talented investor who had the bad luck to be born in an era when a guild, the guild of Victorian men, shut out a whole class of minds—women’s.”
The Wall Street Journal

“It’s always fun to return to the story of Green, who died in 1916 with a fortune of $100 million. That would make her a billionaire twice over in today’s dollars. Incredibly, it was money she earned through savvy and aggressive investing. Green, who was notoriously frugal and never shied away from a fight, earned a reputation as the mean, crazy lady of Wall Street. But Wallach presents Green’s charitable self, a woman who could be wise and witty, warm as well. And generous, too.”
New York Daily News

“Aspiring investors might want to memorize Hetty Green’s words as they do Warren Buffett’s … In telling Green’s story, Wallach also tells the story of America’s repeated busts and booms in a way that seems very relevant right now.”
The Washington Post

“An enthusiastic portrait of an investment pioneer who matched her male counterparts in ambition and guile, and one who never backed down from a fight, legal or otherwise … Wallach’s book is filled with colorful historical details of an economic time that eerily parallels our own—an unpredictable real estate market, lax banking policies and over-exuberant investors who rode the next big thing until its inevitable crash.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“An enjoyable account … Wallach successfully portrays a compelling woman who kept her eyes on the glittering financial prize, using a commonsense philosophy regarding real estate and investment throughout the 19th century’s Wall Street roller-coaster.”
Publishers Weekly

“Dubbed ‘the Witch of Wall Street,’ this nineteenth-century capitalist parlayed her initial inheritance into a substantial fortune, famously eschewing the glamour and the excesses of the Gilded Age. Despite her shrewd investment acumen, her remarkable achievements were often overshadowed by her well-publicized eccentricities. As the mythology of her gratuitous frugality swelled, she was gleefully caricatured in newspapers and magazines as a miser of epic proportions. While she was a popular-culture icon for many of the wrong reasons, most journalists failed to acknowledge her blistering business savvy and the tremendous power she wielded in a male-dominated arena. Wallach does Green long-overdue service by providing an evenhanded account of her professional accomplishments and her personal peculiarities.”
Booklist

Praise for Desert Queen

“Excellent.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Outstanding.”
The Dallas Morning News

“A richly textured biography … Wallach’s account is both close-grained and broad … A vivid, almost novelistic narrative.”
Chicago Tribune

“This colorful, romantic biography … vividly evokes a memorable personality.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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