Morgan: American Financier

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Harper Collins, Mar 22, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 796 pages
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History has remembered J. Pierpont Morgan as a complex and contradictory figure, part robber baron and part patron saint. Now this magisterial biography, based extensively on new material, draws a definitive, full-scale portrait of Morgan's tumultuous life both in and out of the public eye.Morgan earned his reputation as "the Napoleon of Wall Street" by reorganizing the nation's railroads and creating some of its greatest industrial trusts, including General Electric and U.S. Steel. At a time when the United States had no Federal Reserve System, he appointed himself a one-man central bank. He had two wives, three yachts, four children, six houses, mistresses, and one of the finest art collections in America. In this extraordinary book, award-winning biographer Jean Strouse vividly portrays the financial colossus, the avid patron of the arts, and the entirely human character behind all the myths.

Brilliantly crafted, epic in scope, Morgan reveals a man we have never seen before, offering new insights on the culture, political struggles, and social conflicts of America's Gilded Age.


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User Review  - Whiskey3pa - LibraryThing

I found this well written and engaging. I am looking forward to the Chernow book, after looking at what the other reviewers had to say. Pierpont was a fascinating individual and seems pretty unique in his age. Read full review

MORGAN: American Financier

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A superbly researched, well-written biography of a great—and, in the author's view, somewhat misrepresented—figure in American history. J. Pierpont Morgan's (1837—1913) every touch, it seemed ... Read full review


Money and Trust 3
A Moral Education 31
Foreign Affairs 49
New Directions 129
A Railroad Bismarck? 239
Romance 325
Collector 485
Singular Women 509
Back Number? 533
More Colossal than Ever 553
Panic 573
Trio 597
Portraits 629
Trust and Money 659

Politics of Gold 339
Acquisitions and Losses 361
The Dynamo and the Virgin
Raid 417
Trouble 435
Afterword 687
Acknowledgments 757
Index 761

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About the author (2000)

Jean Strouse won the Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for her biography Alice James. She lives in New York City.

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