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Roguish business leaders, vast income gaps and horrendous working conditions. Sounds like a novel by Charles Dickens or Mark Twain. Actually, those words describe a new book on an extraordinarily important and colorful period of American history. Jack Beatty’s passionate analysis of the events of that era paints a vivid picture and makes “Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900,” worth reading.