JANET WALLACH is the author of nine books, including "Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell," which has been translated into twelve languages and was a "New York Times "Notable Book of the Year.
"This autumn has seen a slew of new books about the economy and the new plutocracy. None is as absorbing as "The Richest Woman in America," which takes us through America's repeated booms and busts through the eyes and coolheaded example of the remarkable financial genius Hetty Green ... Long after one has finished reading, what shines forth is the wisdom of an obscure but admirable woman who said and did what she thought. As if to inspire others, a series of Green's bon mots conclude the book, which should be mandatory reading for investors embarking on refiguring their 401(k)s."--"The Washington Times" "It's always fun to return to the story of Green, who died in 1916 with a fortune of $100 million. That would make her a billionaire twice over in today's dollars. Incredibly, it was money she earned through savvy and aggressive investing. Green, who was notoriously frugal and never shied away from a fight, earned a reputation as the mean, crazy lady of Wall Street. But Wallach presents Green's charitable self, a woman who could be wise and witty, warm as well. And generous, too."--"New York Daily News ""Wallach does an admirable job putting together a more complete picture of the fascinating and ground-breaking Green beyond her 'Witch of Wall Street' reputation."--"USA Today ""A lively book that whisks readers through five decades of Green's wheeling and dealing ... Wallach brings a warm empathy to her account of Green's life and times."--"The Daily Beast""Well-researched and well-written ... Hetty Green was a talented investor who had the bad luck to be born in an era when a guild, the guild of Victorian men, shut out a whole class of minds--women's."--"The Wall Street Journal""Aspiring investors might want to memorize Hetty Green's words as they do Warren Buffett's ... In telling Green's story, Wallach also tells the story of America's repeated busts and booms in a way that seems very relevant right now."