The Moneychangers

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In the early part of the twentieth century, Upton Sinclair earned a reputation as a prolific writer, committed socialist, and political activist. He gained enormous popularity when his eloquent 1906 novel The Jungle exposed conditions in the U.S. meat-packing industry, and years later, he earned a Pulitzer Prize for his series tale, Dragon's Teeth. In The Money Changers, Sinclair explores the Wall Street panic of 1907 in novel form, exposing greed and corruption within the American system. Originally published a ...

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In the early part of the twentieth century, Upton Sinclair earned a reputation as a prolific writer, committed socialist, and political activist. He gained enormous popularity when his eloquent 1906 novel The Jungle exposed conditions in the U.S. meat-packing industry, and years later, he earned a Pulitzer Prize for his series tale, Dragon's Teeth. In The Money Changers, Sinclair explores the Wall Street panic of 1907 in novel form, exposing greed and corruption within the American system. Originally published a century ago, it's a cautionary tale with a theme that could have been ripped from today's headlines.
Allan Montague is a prosperous New York lawyer trying to help an old friend from Mississippi who's just moved to the city. Young widow Lucy Dupree, whose beauty makes men's hearts skip a beat, is eager to move forward and establish herself in the right social circles. As a favor, Montague offers to help Lucy sell a block of stock. But with that one transaction, they unwittingly become tangled in a web of unscrupulous power brokers who've concocted a daring scheme to manipulate the stock market for personal gain. If their plan succeeds, a rival trust company will fall, sparking a Wall Street bloodbath . . . and financial chaos throughout the world!

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  • ISBN-13: 9780486469171
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 489,565
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. (September 20, 1878 - November 25, 1968), was an American author and one-time candidate for governor of California who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906).
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  • Posted April 14, 2010

    I can't believe this was written in 1908 more like 2008!

    The Money Changers by Upton Sinclair

    It is hard to believe that this book was written over 100 years ago even prior to the 1929 crash. How very poignant that many of the shenanigans pulled prior to the regulations placed on banks after the crash of 1929 were so highlighted in this book. And how after the removal of many of those regulations the banks began the reckless behavior that brought about the current banking bailouts of 2008!

    This entertaining story with all the entrapments of society and life of 1908 is eye opening. I highly recommend it for book clubs - you will be amazed at the discussion it brings out. I can only imagine many a professors and/or teachers pulling out their old copy's to add to their reading lists.

    Some of the most unimaginable parts (the wire tapping, private eye investigations, cleaning people paid to collect garbage, etc) and many other researching techniques used today were in use then! The journalist in the story tells of how story after story are quashed by the monied and powerful which is so uncannily linked to today's TV news, it is frightening. Storyline after storyline mirror society today I can't imagine anyone not being able to relate to some part of this story, which made one of the most enjoyable reads.

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