"WILL THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE CLEAN ITS OWN HOUSE? IF IT DOES NOT, CONGRESS WILL."
PLUMMER, A. Newton. The Great American Swindle Incorporated. (New York: A Newton Plummer, 1932). Octavo, original half black cloth, pictorial paper boards. $900.
Limited first edition, one of 2000 copies printed, of this exposé revealing the swindles and scandals that lead to the 1929 Crash, with 22 cartoon-style illustrations depicting the follies of the market.
Written by a trusted Wall Street agent, this work strives to lay bare the illegal machinations and back-office trickery that eventually led to the destruction of the American financial markets in 1929. This book methodically takes readers through the biographies of some of the most famous swindlers as well as the mechanisms behind some of the most effective money-making swindles. Plummer wants to show that Wall Street was neither a game nor a gamble, but an unfair rigging that needed better regulations and "air tight reforms." Bookseller stamp.
Interior fine, light wear and soiling to binding. An exceptionally good copy.