Selected Books

  • Blue Blood and Mutiny:
    The Fight for the Soul of Morgan Stanley
    William Morrow, hardcover, paperback and ebook
    Blue Blood & Mutiny

    Available in hardcover, paperback & ebook at Amazon.com Nook, hardcover & paperback at Barnes and Noble.com, in paperback at IndieBound, and local bookstores. Click to buy.

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    Blue Blood & Mutiny, book jacketBlood Blood & Mutiny is the first and only book about the venerable Wall Street firm, founded in 1935. Patricia Beard was given exclusive access to the dramatic story of the fight by eight retired senior executives, known as “The Group of Eight” (and alternatively “The Grumpy Old Men.”) Their mission was to oust Philip Purcell, the chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley, whom they believed was undermining the culture of the firm and negatively affecting its share price. The “eight” included former chairman, S. Parker Gilbert; former president, Robert Scott; and former heads of major divisions of the firm. Their successful revolt signaled a clash of cultures and a battle for character in American business.

    Samuel L. Hayes, III, Jacob Schiff Professor of Investment Banking Emeritus, Harvard Business School— “I really enjoyed reading Blue Blood & Mutiny and found it hard to put down. It is an excellent chronicle of an important event in the contemporary evolution of Wall Street. Patricia Beard writes as though she has spent her whole life on Wall Street. Congratulations to her!”

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  • After The Ball: Gilded Age Secrets, Boardroom Betrayals, and the Party that Ignited the Great Wall Street Scandal of 1905
    HarperCollins
    After The Ball: Gilded Age Secrets, Boardroom Betrayals, and the Party That Ignited the Great Wall St. 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 1905When James Hazen Hyde, only two years out of Harvard, inherited the controlling shares of the powerful Equitable Life Assurance Society, a cast of powerhouse businessmen, including Henry Clay Frick, and Edward Harriman, attempt to wrest the company away from him. Hyde was smart, but too young for the job, and had an extravagant social profile. In 1905, when he held “The Hyde Ball,” one of the most famous parties of the Gilded Age, his opponents seized on the lavish evening to prove that he wasn’t fit to head the Equitable. The fight was covered daily for three months in newspapers nation-wide, right up to the cliff-hanger climax. His complex and arresting character invites the reader to consider the effects of what he called “Too much, too soon,” a subject that is especially pertinent in the new “Gilded Age” of the 21st century.

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

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

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

    Dallas Morning News— “A sweeping, brilliant, piece of social history.”

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  • Newsmaker: Roy W. Howard the Mastermind Behind the Scripps‑Howard News Empire from the Gilded Age to the Atomic Age
    Privately commissioned and published by Lyons Press, hardcover and ebook

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    Newsmaker: Roy W. Howard, The Mastermind behind the Scripps-Howard News Empire from the Gilded Age to the Atomic AgeThe colorful, charismatic Roy Howard, publisher and journalist, was in his twenties when he built the United Press. In his thirties, he was named chairman of the Scripps-Howard newspaper empire, where he established and edited the company’s flagship paper, The New York World Telegram. Traveling 2.5 million miles in search of news, he scored one-on-one interviews with Stalin and Hitler during the same week in 1936; consulted the Duke of Windsor about his public image; consoled the grieving Charles Lindberg; and counseled every U.S. president from Woodrow Wilson to Dwight D. Eisenhower. Two weeks before the atomic bomb was dropped, General Douglas MacArthur trusted him with the classified information that the face of warfare was about to change forever. At the peak of his career, Howard, who had worked as a newsboy to help support his family, was named one of “59 Men Who ‘Rule’ America” by The New York Times (John D. Rockefeller was first.) Newsmaker is based on Patricia Beard’s exclusive access to fifty years of Howard’s personal diaries, and thousands of pages of his “Strictly Confidential” memoranda, which divulge the backstories of the most significant events and personalities of his turbulent times.

    Newsmaker was praised by the President and Dean of the Newseum in Washington, D.C.; the Dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University; and the Washington enterprise editor of USA Today.

    Kirkus Reviews—”A lively history of one man’s indelible imprint on American news.”

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  • Good Daughters: The Last Chapter
    First edition Warner Books; updated and revised.
    Good Daughters: The Last Chapter

    Available in paperback & ebook at Amazon.com, and paperback and Nook at Barnes and Noble.com, in paperbound at IndieBound.org, and at your local bookstores. Note: The revised and updated edition includes a new chapter, “After She’s Gone.” The edition with the pink cover is out of date.
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    Good Daughters: The Last ChapterDaughters whose mothers are showing signs of aging, and need more attention often suffer emotional and financial issues, as well as conflicting responsibilities. Many relationships between aging mothers and their daughters also reawaken old conflicts. Good Daughters is based on hundreds of interviews, spanning the daughter who is so close to her mother that she fears losing her; to the mother who is so toxic a daughter must “divorce” her to keep her own life on track. Good Daughters helps women put a complicated stage of their relationships into context, and reminds them that they are not alone, through the stories of others coping with similar situations.

    Horace B. Deets, former Executive Director AARP— “Fascinating and informative…a valuable resource…a book I highly recommend.”

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  • A Certain Summer: A Novel
    Gallery Books Simon & Schuster, paperback and ebook

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    A Certain Summer, book jacketSet in 1948 in “Wauregan,” an idyllic East Coast summer community, A Certain Summer explores the aftermath of World War II in a place where “nothing ever changes.” The principal character is Helen Wadsworth, the wife (or possibly widow) of an OSS operative, who has been reported missing in action; other major characters are Helen’s husband’s OSS partner, who survived the mission; a former Marine and his war dog; and Helen’s teenage son. Bookreporter.com described the novel as… “Part mystery, part love story, enlivened by an insider’s view of a private world, A Certain Summer hit home…A really satisfying read…I’m crazy about A Certain Summer.”

    The East Hampton Star— “Equal parts novel of manners, historical fiction and quiet examination of social mores, A Certain Summer weaves important questions about class, gender, trauma, and family through its seemingly simple narrative as artfully as an experienced hostess arranges the seating at a dinner table so that conversations flow…Wauregan’s magic prevails…as [the community] learns that it must change to stay true to its origins.”

    Publishers Weekly— “Woven into this tale of loss and romance are themes of intrigue, growth, betrayal, psychological trauma, and a fulfilling healing process. Beard’s attention to historical details and understanding of the realities and shortfalls of privilege make this a satisfying…read.”

    Goodreads— “A richly evocative debut novel…”

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