The Day They Shook the Plum Tree Author:Arthur H. Lewis The story of Hetty Green (1835-1916) and one of the great American fortunes. — Colonel Ned Green, the son, was known as the world's most lovable profligate. A crippled giant, he squandered millions on the wildest bouts of debauchery this country has ever seen. — Hetty Green, the 'Witch of Wall Street', she lived in a squalid slum. Thro... more »ugh forgery, ruthlessness, and perjury, she amassed one of the greatest fortunes in the world.
Sylvia Green, the daughter, remained a complete mystery to the world. Forced to be her mother's servant, dominated and completely crushed, she became a dowdy, timid recluse.« less