Greed in the Gilded Age The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick tells the story of con woman Cassie Chadwick who lived on millions of dollars claiming to to be the daughter of Andrew Carnegie and then faced him in the Trial of the Century.
CHICAGO, IL, February 15, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — With THE GILDED AGE in the news.. the greatest con woman of the GILDED AGE in United States history will make her debut. The book Greed in the Gilded Age The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick by William Hazelgrove will be released by Roman and Littlefield on Feb 15th. The prepublication reviews Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Library Journal have been strong and a movie deal is in negotiations. The book tells the tale of Cassie Chadwick, a drifter from Canada who set herself up as wife of a rich doctor in Cleveland before moving on to a much bigger con involving the richest man in the world, Andrew Carnegie. With little education, no financial training, and at a time when women didn’t even have the vote, Cassie Chadwick (Elizabeth Bigley) moved up the chain of bankers, getting each banker to loan her more than the one before telling each one a simple lie, she was none other than the illegitimate daughter of Andrew Carnegie and she was due to inherit his entire fortune. By the time the police caught up to her she had wrecked the banking system of Cleveland, sending one unfortunate banker to his grave and causing the collapse of a major bank. When the trial was held it was a media event that pushed the trial of Teddy Roosevelt off the front pages with a climactic moment when Andrew Carnegie appeared to face his accuser. Cassie was eventually convicted but not before taking others with her and leaving a legacy as the biggest con woman in the United States only to be eclipsed by Charles Ponzi.
William Hazelgrove is the National Bestselling author of ten novels and ten nonfiction titles. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly Kirkus, Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards Junior Library Guild Selections, Literary Guild Selections, History Book Club Selections, History Book Club Bestsellers, Distinguished Book Award. and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today, The Smithsonian Magazine, and other publications and has been featured on NPR All Things Considered. The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, CSPAN, USA Today have all covered his books with features. His book Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith in development He has two forthcoming books. The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick and Writing Gatsby.
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