conflicted

untangling history’s greatest controversies

every month, host zach cornwell takes a hard look at the historical conflicts that raise difficult questions, stoke controversy, and send our moral compasses spinning.

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one of the worst financial disasters in history unfolded on wall street in late october of 1929. within a week, 30 billion dollars had disappeared into thin air, leaving the global economy in tatters and heralding the beginning of a worldwide depression. but what exactly happened? and why? in part 1 of this 3-part series on the wall street crash of 1929, we discover how the american public became fatally infatuated with the stock market during the “roaring 20’s”; and how one debauched day trader – jesse livermore – saw the whole thing coming.

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galbraith, john kenneth. a short history of financial euphoria. 1990.

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klein, maury. rainbow’s end. 2001.

morris, charles r. a rabble of dead money. 2017.

nations, scott. a history of the united states in five crashes. 2017.

parker, selwyn. the great crash. 2008.

perino, michael. the hellhound of wall street. 2010.

rubython, tom. jesse livermore: boy plunger. 2016.

thomas, gordon. morgan-witts, max. the day the bubble burst. 1979.

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zach cornwell

host, producer, writer
an advertising creative by trade and a history enthusiast at heart, zach is the creator, writer, and producer of the show. hailing from dallas, tx, he’s most at ease with a book in one hand and a brisket taco in the other.