Six Days in October : The Stock Market Crash of 1929; A Wall Street Jour
Over six terrifying, desperate days in October 1929, the fabulous fortune that Americans had built in stocks plunged with a fervor never seen before. At first, the drop seemed like a mistake, a mere glitch in the system. But as the decline gathered steam, so did the destruction. Over twenty-five billion dollars in individual wealth was lost, vanished, gone. People watched their dreams fade before their very eyes. Investing in the stock market would never be the same. Here, Wall Street Journal bureau chief Karen Blumenthal chronicles the six-day period that brought the country to its knees, from fascinating tales of key stock-market players, like Michael J. Meehan, an immigrant who started his career hustling cigars outside theaters and helped convince thousands to gamble their hard-earned money as never before, to riveting accounts of the power struggles between Wall Street and Washington, to poignant stories from those who lost their savings-and more-to the allure of stocks and the power of greed. For young readers living in an era of stock-market fascination, this engrossing account explains stock-market fundamentals while bringing to life the darkest days of the mammoth crash of 1929.
- Electronic book text
- 12 Feb 2013
- SIMON & SCHUSTER
- Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- United States
- f-c jacket; b&w interiors
Table of contents
CONTENTSIntroductionOCTOBER 24:Black ThursdayOCTOBER 24:Sell!OCTOBER 24:White Knights to the Rescue OCTOBER 25:President Hoover Responds OCTOBER 26:Sold OutOCTOBER 27:The King of the Bulls OCTOBER 28:A Bloody Monday OCTOBER 29:Black TuesdayOCTOBER 30:AftermathEpilogueSources, Picture Credits, and Acknowledgments Index
About Karen Blumenthal
Karen Blumenthal is the author of Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America; and Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929, a 2003 Sibert Honor Book. A veteran Wall Street Journal editor and reporter and a die-hard sports fan, she lives with her husband and two daughters in Dallas, Texas.