The Richest Woman in America: The Life and Times of Hetty Green

The Richest Woman in America: The Life and Times of Hetty Green

Janet Wallach / Aug 22, 2019

The Richest Woman in America The Life and Times of Hetty Green A captivating biography of America s first female tycoon Hetty Green the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green A

  • Title: The Richest Woman in America: The Life and Times of Hetty Green
  • Author: Janet Wallach
  • ISBN: 9780385531979
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A captivating biography of America s first female tycoon, Hetty Green, the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green At the time of her death in 1916, she was worth at least 100 million dollars, equal to about 2.5 billion dollars today Abandoned at birth by her neurotic mother, scorned bA captivating biography of America s first female tycoon, Hetty Green, the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green At the time of her death in 1916, she was worth at least 100 million dollars, equal to about 2.5 billion dollars today Abandoned at birth by her neurotic mother, scorned by her misogynist father, Hetty set out as a child to prove her value Following the simple rules of her wealthy Quaker father, she successfully invested her money and along the way proved to herself that she was wealthy and therefore worthy Never losing faith in America s potential, she ignored the herd mentality and took advantage of financial panics and crises When everyone else was selling, she bought railroads, real estate, and government bonds And when everyone was buying and borrowing, she put her money into cash and earned safe returns on her dollars Men mocked her and women scoffed at her frugal ways, but she turned her back and piled up her earnings, amassing a fortune that supported businesses, churches, municipalities, and even the city of New York itself She relished a challenge When her aunt died and did not leave Hetty the fortune she expected, she plunged into a groundbreaking lawsuit that still resonates in law schools and courts When her husband defied her and sank her money on his own risky interests, she threw him out and, marching down to Wall Street, quickly made up the loss Her independence, outspokenness, and disdain for the upper crust earned her a reputation for harshness that endured for decades Newspapers kept her in the headlines, linking her name with witches and miscreants Yet those who knew her admired her warmth, her wisdom, and her wit Set during a period of financial crisis strikingly similar to our current one, acclaimed author Janet Wallach s engrossing exploration of a fascinating life revives a rarely mentioned queen of American finance.

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    1. Two and a half stars, rounded up.Hetty Green was born into a Quaker whaling family in Massachusetts in the 19th century. Early on, she sought to gain her father's attention by learning as much as she could about the family business. While she didn't succeed in gaining her father's respect during his lifetime, she developed a sharp head for numbers and investments and ultimately transformed her inheritance into a fortune worth an estimated 2 billion in today's dollars.This book was interesting en [...]


    2. This is the most poorly written book I've read this year. Apparently Wallach's publisher saved money by skipping the copyedit. The misuse of language is jarring--for example cowboys in Texas are described as "rustling" cattle in a sentence where the author means herding, not stealing. The sentence structure is clumsy. There are long stretches of writing that read is if they were copied from 19th century newspapers, though there is no attribution. But far worse are the numerous errors of fact, wh [...]


    3. Whatever its peculiar defects—of which more later—there is much to admire about Janet Wallach’s biography of Hetty Green. Firstly, it is highly readable, written in a lively style that successfully evokes its characters and scenes from the past in vivid word-pictures. Secondly, it also triumphs as a true “life and times” of its subject, a narrative in which the amazing Hetty is faithfully placed within the events and culture of her era. Thirdly, and most importantly, Wallach’s book a [...]


    4. If you're really into financial dealings - the ups and downs of the stock market through history, mortgages, railroads, and other transactions - then you'll probably give this a couple more stars than I did. I think I wanted more of a personal account of Hetty Green. Was warned when the author indicated in the prologue that Hetty had left no diary, no personal papers, and that her life story had been pieced together from newspaper accounts which are admittedly biased or inaccurate. Still, I do e [...]


    5. This book rates a 3.5 at least, but I just couldn't give it a 4. It is a biography only by the broadest interpretation of the word. I expect a biography to provide information centered on a person's private life, profession, accomplishments, adventures, etc. And though a biography may contain peripheral people and events, I expect the majority of the book to relate directly to the biographee. That is not how this book is written.Hetty was a private person, not a flashy attention-seeker, so there [...]


    6. Wavering back and forth between 3 and 4 stars. Interesting read and Hetty Green is fascinating. But there are a few 'facts' that don't make sense, so I wonder how many others may be inaccurate. Full review to come.++++++++++++allthebookblognamesaretaken.blfacebook/AllTheBookBlogNamesAitter/SarahsBookNookRating: 3 StarsI went back and forth on this one for a while. At times I felt like 4 stars were deserved, but after taking some time away from the book I really can't give it more than three. Tha [...]



    7. Hettie (alternately Hetty) Green was born into a family that rejected her. Her father, convinced that he was having a son, was terribly disappointed. When his son was born, 9 months later, only to die, he was bereft, as was her mother. She was further rejected and was sent to live with her grandfather.Hettie had a very strict and rigid Quaker upbringing, and she learned the lessons well, exhibiting the values and standards of the Friends, for most of her life. She was frugal, moral and honest, i [...]


    8. Hetty Green lived her life the way she wanted, not the way other people expected her to. She tricked men who tried to trick her. She had a head for numbers. She was kind, smart, and funny. She seems to have done a pretty good job with the hand she was dealt in life as a child.


    9. INTERESTING, INSIGHTFUL AND INSTRUCTIVE.“To New Englanders of every sort, prosperity was a virtue.”—page 17Hetty Howland Robinson Green (1835-1916) was my kind of gal—smart, frugal, tough-minded, strong-willed, and wealthy—whose rock-solid Yankee New England values and ethics might have closely paralleled my own. Perhaps growing up a mere fifteen miles and a brief century removed from Hetty’s origins [New Bedford, Massachusetts], bore some influence in that regard. I hope so. It plea [...]


    10. Started this book with high hopes since it was by the wonderful author of the Desert Queen, Janet Wallach. Wallach has ability to paint picture of the times she is writing about so vividly that they come feel very real as one reads or listens. Unfortunately, this AudioBook, (this version that ran about 8 & 1/2 hours long), was narrated by what I thought at times was a robot trying to express empathy. Actually I think Siri, the iphone voice would have done a better job. It was Maddening to tr [...]


    11. Every listening session I found myself drifting away from the narrative and having to yank my focus back to attention then five minutes later it would happen again. This grew exhausting and a little worrisome (what was wrong with me?). But I got behind the wheel one evening during that week and to my surprise was immediately caught up in a "Selected Shorts" story in medias res. So I determined that it wasn't my listening that was entirely to blame: at the start of each section/chapter (and perh [...]


    12. I had never heard of Hetty Green, and I found her intriguing. She was extremely successful as a financier at a time when the field was dominated by men. She was a sharp investor who did her homework. She believed in good causes and helping the middle class. And of course, she also seemed a little paranoid and had a habit of dressing down. She was covered often in the press, but many people didn't know what she looked like. Today it would be much harder for her to fool the public. Her practical a [...]


    13. I really enjoyed this biography about the richest woman in America. It's surprising how much Hetty Green did for this country and the city of New York, yet she isn't talked about in history books much, if at all. She saved the City of New York from bankruptcy several times, grew the railroads more than other railroad magnates, and accumulated more wealth than most of the country's leaders of the time. Her eccentric ways earned her a reputation as the "witch of Wall Street" but she was certainly [...]


    14. The book feels incomplete, more like an outline or a synopsis of a much richer story. The sprinkling of gilded age luminaries, social customs, and institutions, (the metropolitan museum, the Waldorf Astoria, shops and restaurants, etc) was the kind of information spouted by docents in the Newport Mansions and historical societies. In short, the book is not bad, it is just superficial.


    15. I had hoped to learn more about Hetty the person, but most of the book is about the gilded age -- sort of a mishmash of facts (?) about railroads, financial booms & busts, real estate, even the Wizard of Oz, but very little new about Hetty, except some about her final years. I was disappointed.


    16. I just learned about Hetty Green last year when I was staying near Bellows Falls, VT where she lived. Who knew? I am interested to find out more about her.


    17. Though I thought it was going to be more centered around her private life, it was a really good book filled with an immense amount of details and facts about Hetty Green's life


    18. I listened to the audiobook version. I didn't really care for the reader. Her manner of speaking was very halted and choppy, which was distracting.The author did a good job informing the reader that Hetty Green was a force with which to be reckoned. I really enjoyed learning more about her personality, her Quaker roots, and her New England families. I find it interesting to read biographies where one's childhood and background heavily influence the subject's later life, in a way that results in [...]


    19. The life of Hettie Green is fascinating, but this book falls flat. The writer is obsessed with lists, the editor didn't do their job, and the constant shifting between world history and Hettie's life is done with no ease. I wouldn't recommend this book, but I'd encourage you to research Hettie Green as she was an extraordinarily accomplished woman.


    20. Should be: 1.) required reading for every finance major, banker, broker and accountant in America. 2.) required reading for every woman.Interesting concept -- she did more for America by not giving it away


    21. I felt like a majority of this book was a list of things used up by the affluent. And for a book about Hetty Green, you still barely get a sense of who she was since a lot of the narrative later on pretty much moves away from her to talk about other characters and historical events.


    22. I can see why this would be tough for people to like, but I loved it. It was amazing to learn about this head strong—albeit extremely money focused—person who flouted social constructs of that time, and did it well, but with a very sharp edge.



    23. I don't know where I first heard of Hetty Green, but if you've read anything about the Gilded Age, she does come up, although mostly as a footnote. Probably because while she participated in the financial side of the Gilded Age in a big way, she didn't in the Gilded part. She was the rare wealthy person in the age of the Robber Barons, to not flaunt her wealth in the slightest. In fact, she lived a nearly miserly life.Hetty grew up in a whaling town in Massachusetts. Her parents really didn't wa [...]


    24. I bought this book on recommendation of a literary event I went to last year. I am a history buff, and thought this would be a interesting read. This book is non-fiction about the life of Hetty Green. The richest woman in America. She lived during the Gilded Age. Hetty Green was born in New Bedford, Mass, in a whaling town. Her family were from the Quaker faith, and very wealthy. Her father was a financier,dabbled in everything to make money. She was not treated very well as a child. Her father [...]


    25. I enjoyed the information about Hetty Green. She drew the disdain of her father and the ambivalence of her Quaker mother because she wasn't born a male. Due to her that neglect she was angry and acted out. However, she had an aptitude for finance and because of that, she gained the respect of her father and grandfather.Throughout her life, she went through constant battles including enduring countless court dates contesting the will of her aunt's will, her husband philandering ways, her son's de [...]


    26. The book is a little hard to get into. But I am glad I finished it. The author certainly understands economics. Like in the book I just read, Cutting for Stone that had a lot of medical jargon, this one has the finance jargon. I believe history has portrayed Hattie as a miser, one quick to sue anyone that crossed her and extreme frugal. I am not sure if the author said this or not but it seemed to me that Hattie saw income, savings etc as what gave her worth as well as security. She dressed like [...]


    27. Review from EndpaperReviewby Dick Loftin.“I am woman, hear me roar…” – Helen Reddy, 1972Long before Helen Reddy had a notion of roaring at anything, there was Hetty Green. At the time Hetty died, in 1916, she was worth $100 million dollars–at least. In today’s coin, that is $2.5 billion dollars. She did it by using her own wits, a well-tuned brain, and paying attention. In a man’s world, she out smarted them, out studied them, and in many cases, out waited them, to get a great deal [...]


    28. Did not expect to find this as enjoyable as I did, seeing that high finance and the world of banking and investments is not my scene. Hetty Green, however, is no John Rockefeller, although the 2 were contemporaries. Raised a Quaker in New Bedford by a gang of nuttily odd family members, Hetty was a self-taught investor who made 2 billion dollars (current value) by the time of her death in 1916. She made her money through honest means, but never failed to sue people when she felt wrongedd she usu [...]


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