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King of Heists: The Sensational Bank Robbery of 1878 That Shocked America
 
 
Author
J. North Conway.
Publisher Lyons Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781599215389
Pages/Publication Date 224/2009
Daedalus Item Code 22925
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On October 27, 1878, thieves stole nearly $3 million in cash and securities (worth $50 million today) from the Manhattan Savings Institution. The greatest bank robbery in American history, it was planned in every detail by George Leslie, a society architect with a double life that earned him the name the "King of the Bank Robbers"—yet he was never caught and never spent a day in jail. This gripping account portrays a host of real-life Gilded Age characters, including crime queen Fredericka "Marm" Mandelbaum; financial wizard "Jubilee" Jim Fisk, the man responsible for the "Black Friday" market crash of 1869; showgirl Josie Mansfield, Fisk's mistress; and Boss Tweed, corrupt head of New York City's political machine.
 
 
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