While the entire world knows Mark Twain as the renowned author of many classic American novels, few people are aware that he was also a highly successful businessman. In fact, more than half of his life was consumed by moneymaking pursuits, which often resulted in writing projects being neglected--but at the same time, these adventures were the inspiration behind many of the characters found in his books. <br> <br> In Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friends, Peter Krass captures a little-known side of this American icon and details the roller coaster ride of his business ventures in a dramatic, entertaining, and informative narrative style. From Twain's time as the founder of his own publishing house--where he made a small fortune publishing General Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs--to his foray into venture capitalism and investment in numerous start-up firms, to his focus on his own inventions, this engaging book reveals the Mark Twain that few of us know: the no-nonsense, successful American businessman.
Chapter one. Early Hard Knocks on the Road to Riches and Fame.
Quirky Habits and Brazen Philosophy: How to Outwit Your Superiors.
Chapter two. How to Quit a Good Job and Then Lose a Million Dollars.
Quirky Habits and Brazen Philosophy: Even a Crank Knows to Dress for Success.
Chapter three. Sometimes Necessity Is the Mother of a Career.
Quirky Habits and Brazen Philosophy: Overcoming Stage Fright and Winning the Audience as a Public Speaker.
Chapter four. Welcome to Corporate America: Hard-Nosed Negotiating and Profit-Driven Management.
Quirky Habits and Brazen Philosophy: The Authors Stormy Work Habits.
Chapter five. Sucked into the Gilded Age: Money Lust and the Making of an Inventor.
Quirky Habits and Brazen Philosophy: Managing a Glut of Loathsome Correspondence.
Chapter six. Seeing and Seizing Opportunities:Venture Capitalist and Wall Street Speculator.
Quirky Habits and Brazen Philosophy: The Half-Soled Stockbroker.
Chapter seven. Bold Vision and Imagination: How Twain Made General U. S. Grant and Himself Rich.
Quirky Habits and Brazen Philosophy: Smoking Inspires Brainstorming and Problem Solving.
Chapter eight. A Shakespearean Business Tale: How Blind Love in Business Turns to Tragedy.
Quirky Habits and Brazen Philosophy: Image Is Everything, But Interviews Are Twaddle.
Chapter nine. Enduring Financial Crisis and Adversity:A Rockefeller Crony Comes to the Rescue.
Quirky Habits and Brazen Philosophy: Are Ethics for Fools?
Chapter ten. Salvaging a Career and Dignity.
Quirky Habits and Brazen Philosophy: Avoid My Example.
Chapter eleven. Back in the Saddle: Playing the Insiders Game.
Quirky Habits and Brazen Philosophy: How to Live a Long, Successful Life.
Selected Mark Twain Maxims.