After The Ball: Gilded Age Secrets, Boardroom Betrayals, and the Party that Ignited the Great Wall Street Scandal of 1905

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After The Ball: Gilded Age Secrets, Boardroom Betrayals, and the Party That Ignited the Great Wall St. Scandal of 1905James Hazen Hyde’s story takes place in the American Gilded Age, the period between the late 1800s and World War I when great fortunes were made and the newly rich delighted in displaying their wealth. James was in his early twenties when his father died, leaving him control of the majority shares in The Equitable Life Assurance Society.

Even in the midst of Gilded Age splendor, James Hyde stood out as an example of excessive glamour. In 1905, when he held the “Hyde Ball,” one of the most glamorous events of the era, the party exposed him to false accusations of having used Equitable money to pay for the event. His enemies were some of the most famous industrialists and financiers of the era, each of which wanted control over the Equitable’s substantial investment funds. James’s story was covered in newspapers nationwide, as Americans from big cities to small towns followed the lives of the newly famous.

A century later, in the 21st century Gilded Age, great wealth and a different kind of celebrities again attract the curious, the envious, and the ambitious, who watch them rise and fall. In such an environment, it is not surprising that Julian Fellowes next television series, following Downton Abbey, will be set in the American Gilded Age. After the Ball provides the background and details that will illuminate Fellowes much-awaited new series.


A mother lode of stories about the bad behavior of people with bathtubs full of money…brightly written. —Wall Street Journal

After the Ball travels effortlessly from James Hyde’s time to our own…A colorful new book. —New York Times

Wonderfully foreboding…exactly on pitch…a textured and compelling tragedy. —USA Today

A sweeping, brilliant, piece of social history…Movie producers should pounce on this one. —Dallas Morning News.