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

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 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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User Review  - willszal - LibraryThing

I find financial histories riveting. At first glance, I found the mammoth size of this book a bit of a deterrent, but this was not at all the case once I got into it. "The House of Morgan" is much ... Read full review

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

You can tell straight away that Chernow is going to tell you a great story, especially when he uses words like "brouhaha" to describe an economic catastrophe. There is a sly humor about his writing ... Read full review

Contents

Crash
Depression
Midget
CrackUp
Wizard
Embezzler
Appeasement
Hostages

Metamorphosis
10
Passages
THE CASINO AGE 19481989
Methuselah
Mavericks
Jonah
Explosion
Odyssey 13 Jazz 14 Golden
Tabloid
Saint
Samurai
Sheiks
Tombstones
Samba 33 Traders
Bang 35 Bull
Skyscraper
Acknowledgments Abbreviations Notes Bibliography
Photo Credits
Index
Copyright

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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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