Books: Manipulator of Manipulators

RUSSELL SAGE: THE MONEY KING by Paul Sarnoff. 398 pages. Obolensky. $6.95.

Commodore Vanderbilt was a rowdy illiterate who wore a fur coat winter and summer and bellowed, "What do I care about the law? Hain't I got the power?" Big Jim Fisk was an ebullient bluffer who wore velvet vests and many rings, was shot to death by his mistress' lover. Dapper Jay Gould was a consumptive neurotic who was once led by a doctor from a board of directors' meeting in raving hysteria. These great robber barons all had the stuff of...

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