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Prince of Darkness Audiobook

Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire

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In the middle decades of the 19th century Jeremiah G. Hamilton was a well-known figure on Wall Street. He was reportedly the richest African American man in the United States, possessing a fortune of $2 million, or in excess of $250 million in today's currency.

In Prince of Darkness, a groundbreaking and vivid account, eminent historian Shane White reveals the larger-than-life story of a man who defied every convention of his time. He wheeled and dealed in the lily white business world, he married a white woman, he bought a mansion in rural New Jersey, he owned railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to ride, and he generally set his white contemporaries' teeth on edge when he wasn't just plain outsmarting them. An important contribution to American history, Hamilton's life offers a way into considering, from the unusual perspective of a black man, subjects that are usually seen as being quintessentially white, totally segregated from the African American past.

©2015 Shane White (P)2015 Tantor

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    Well written. Great narration. Insightful look into early America, early American racial politics, and early American business culture.

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    T A Thompson St Petersburg, Fl United States 06-02-16
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    Well written and narrated. Interesting approach-expanding on newspaper articles. Thanks for insight into the life of a bold black man of the post-slavery, pre-civil war era.

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    "Simply loved the story"

    Rich in historical and social content. Also, the storytellers voice is engaging. I could see this book making an excellent movie for it has all the elements, action, intrigue and the like.

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    "Couldn't Stop Listening "

    Life...such an amazing adventure. Superbly written and narrated. The details painted a vivid portrait of Mr. Hamilton's life.

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    "Great story and Consistent Performance"

    Great story and another great narration by John Lee.

    He pronunciation of American English ran the gamut of Mid-Western, Southern and Texan accents which were almost amusing at times, he is still one of my favorite narrators.

    Story is richly fascinating and the author has clearly done his research over the past years developing Jeremiah Hamilton.

    Well done!

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