Nation: The Man Behind the Legend

Bernard M. Baruch was a millionaire at 30, a celebrated national figure at 50, and—as park-bench philosopher, adviser to Presidents and reaper of honors—a legend by the time he was 70. As with most legends, this one was somewhat larger than life, a fact that Baruch himself wryly recognized, but behind it, nevertheless, was a most remarkable man. Last week, two months before he would have turned 95, Bernard Baruch died in Manhattan of a heart attack.

$100,000 a Year. Baruch was born in Camden, S.C., the son of a German-Jewish immigrant who became...

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