The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance

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Grove Press, Jan 19, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 848 pages
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Published to critical acclaim twenty years ago, and now considered a classic, The House of Morgan is the most ambitious history ever written about American finance. It is a rich, panoramic story of four generations of Morgans and the powerful, secretive firms they spawned, ones that would transform the modern financial world. Tracing the trajectory of J. P. Morgan’s empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the financial crisis of 1987, acclaimed author Ron Chernow paints a fascinating portrait of the family’s private saga and the rarefied world of the American and British elite in which they moved—a world that included Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, Franklin Roosevelt, Nancy Astor, and Winston Churchill. A masterpiece of financial history—it was awarded the 1990 National Book Award for Nonfiction and selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century—The House of Morgan is a compelling account of a remarkable institution and the men who ran it, and an essential book for understanding the money and power behind the major historical events of the last 150 years.
  

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Review: The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance

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The middle of the road grade for this review has less to do with the execution of the book and more with how interesting it turned out to be. It appears to be very well researched and an extensive ... Read full review

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This book was about how banking went from gentleman bankers of the 1800's to the pillaging corporate pirates of today, that buy up companies and sell off their assets to make millions for themselves ... Read full review

Contents

Scrooge
3
Polonius
17
Prince
29
Corsair
46
Corner
71
Trust
95
Panic
121
Titanic
139
Hostages
450
Passages
469
THE CASINO AGE
483
Methuselah
485
Mavericks
500
Jonah
527
Tabloid
559
Samurai
580

THE DIPLOMATIC AGE
163
Metamorphosis
165
War
183
Explosion
205
Odyssey
230
Jazz
254
Golden
270
Saint
287
Crash
302
Depression
321
Midget
346
CrackUp
378
Wizard
392
Embezzler
408
Appeasement
430
Sheiks
604
Tombstones
622
Samba
636
Traders
653
Bang
671
Bull
690
Skyscraper
710
Acknowledgments
721
Abbreviations
725
Notes
727
Bibliography
769
Photo Credits
781
Index
782
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Educated at Yale and Cambridge University in England, Ron Chernow is a biographer who specializes in hard-hitting exposes on historical business figures. Among Chernow's early accomplishments was his unmasking of corruption in Chinatown for New York magazine in 1973. In the book The House of Morgan, winner of the National Book Award in 1990, Chernow outlines the extraordinary path of J.P. Morgan's empire and its influence on the American banking industry. Chernow is also the author of Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, which chronicles the life and times of the richest man in the United States in the early 1900s. Chernow is regular guest on the National Public Radio programs Fresh Air with Terry Gross and All Things Considered.

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