Summary of Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friends

The Business Adventures of Mark Twain, Chronic Speculator and Entrepreneur

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Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friends book summary
Mark Twain once said, “The lack of money is the root of all evil.” By this standard, he became the most saintly of men.


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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, alias Mark Twain, was a true American original. Born into humble circumstances, he spent his life on a fevered quest to gain wealth. He was enormously successful in this endeavor. Of course, the world remembers Clemens not for his riches, but rather for his rich imagination, his superb wit and his splendid writing under the name Mark Twain, author of numerous classics including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. In this offbeat, iconoclastic portrait of Clemens, author Peter Krass examines his early life as a bold adventurer and his later years as an investor, speculator, venture capitalist, businessman and inventor. If you love Mark Twain, iconic writer and storyteller, getAbstract is convinced that you’ll enjoy reading this distinctive book about a fascinating – but seldom reported – side of his colorful life.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Who Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was
  • How he spent his adventuresome youth
  • How he became rich by mid-life
  • How he made his name as an author – and as an inventor, speculator and entrepreneur


“Early Hard Knocks”
Born in 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens quickly learned to value financial security as he distanced himself from his father’s numerous business failures. Clemens’ father invested all his money in land, but never profited from it. He tried running a store, but failed...
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About the Author

Peter Krass has written numerous business books and biographies of famous Americans, including distiller Jack Daniels and industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

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