Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American on Original (2009) reviews Prince of Darkness.
Villain? Hustler? Financial Genius? Black Horatio Alger? The White Man’s worst nightmare? With panoramic vision and panache, Shane White unravels the mystery that is Jeremiah G. Hamilton. The enigmatic millionaire was no ‘race man’ lifting his 'people' as he climbed. More rogue than romantic, “the Prince of Darkness” made his money the old fashioned way: he stole, cheated, speculated, and worked the levers of power with ruthless abandon. But unlike his associates, he could not escape the color line. By following Hamilton’s fugitive tracks, White weaves together a compelling history of 19th century New York, a raucous account of American finance capital, and the remarkable story of one Black man who saw the courtroom not as an obstacle to liberty but a path to riches.