Fortune's Spear

A Forgotten Story of Genius, Fraud, and Finance in the Roaring Twenties

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“Backed by exceptional research, this is an intriguing read on financial history and reform in the early days of the twentieth century from a very British perspective.” —Library Journal

Gerard Lee Bevan was the epitome of an Edwardian swell—arrogant, smooth, and highly cultured. He married into money and influence and exploited a glittering range of social connections as the black sheep of one of London’s most respectable banking families. He could not uphold his many deceptions, however, despite a long run of success in city dealings, and perpetrated a massive fraud that ruined both the City Equitable Fire Insurance Company and his stockbroking firm, Ellis & Co. Bevan fled England in ruin in 1922, abandoning his family and business, and was eventually caught in Vienna, despite his desperate attempts at disguise. His sensational Old Bailey trial shocked the entire country.

Fortune’s Spear is a parable of the way in which the prospect of easy money draws risk-takers in every era into a spiral of greed and deceit. Bevan may have been forgotten but he richly deserves to be remembered. In this richly detailed post-Edwardian tale of true crime, Martin Vander Weyer shines a light on a fascinating bygone era, teasing out the parallels in a hitherto forgotten scandal with contemporary financial frauds.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (February 16, 2016)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781634502788

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Raves and Reviews

“Fortune’s Spear is not exactly a century-old version of The Wolf of Wall Street but will have a familiar ring to followers of today's financial chicaneries.” —Wall Street Journal

“Backed by exceptional research, this is an intriguing read on financial history and reform in the early days of the 20th century from a very British perspective.”—Library Journal

“Fortune’s Spear is not exactly a century-old version of The Wolf of Wall Street but will have a familiar ring to followers of today's financial chicaneries.” —Wall Street Journal

“Backed by exceptional research, this is an intriguing read on financial history and reform in the early days of the 20th century from a very British perspective.”—Library Journal

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