Prins shows how powerful Wall Street bankers partnered with presidents to became the unelected leaders of the 20th century.
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About the Author
Nomi Prins is an independent author, journalist, and speaker. A former Wall Street insider, her insight comes from a history of success within financial institutions, having worked as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, a Senior Managing Director and head of the international analytics group at Bear Stearns in London, a Senior Strategist at Lehman Brothers, and an analyst at the Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPM Chase) which she joined at age 19. Nomi is widely sought-after for her unique perspective on politics, finance and the economy by top media, universities, filmmakers, producers and congress people.
She has appeared on numerous TV programs: internationally for BBC World, BBC and RtTV, and nationally for CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, CSPAN, Democracy Now, Fox and PBS. She has been featured on hundreds of radio shows globally including for CNN Radio, Marketplace, NPR, BBC, and Canadian Programming. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Newsday, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, Newsweek, Slate, The Guardian UK, The Nation, Alternet, LaVanguardia, and other publications. Nomi has also been featured in many documentaries alongside prominent thought leaders, and Nobel Prize winners, including most recently, The Big Fix.
She is currently a Senior Fellow at Demos.
Table of Contents
Cast of Main Characters ix
Introduction When the President Needed the Bankers 1
Chapter 1 The Early 1910s: Post-Panic Creature and Party Posturing 17
Chapter 2 The Mid-1910s: Bankers Go to War 40
Chapter 3 The Late 1910s: Peace Treaties and Domestic Politics 57
Chapter 4 The 1920s: Political Isolationism, Financial Internationalism 69
Chapter 5 1929: The Room at 23 Wall, Crash, and Big-Six Take 96
Chapter 6 The Early 1930s: Tenuous Times, Tax-Evading Titans 105
Chapter 7 The Mid- to Late 1930s: Policing Wall Street, World War II 135
Chapter 8 The Early to Mid-1940s: World War II, Bankers, and War Bucks 158
Chapter 9 The Late 1940s: World Reconstruction and Private Bankers 180
Chapter 10 The 1950s: Eisenhower's Buds, Cold War, Hot Money 196
Chapter 11 The Early 1960s: "Go-Go" Youth, Murders, and Global Finance 229
Chapter 12 The Mid- to Late 1960s: Progressive Policies and Bankers' Economy 251
Chapter 13 The Early to Mid-1970s: Corruption, Gold, Oil, and Bankruptcies 274
Chapter 14 The Late 1970s: Inflation, Hostages, and Bankers 301
Chapter 15 The Early to Mid-1980s: Free-Market Rules, Bankers Compete 319
Chapter 16 The Late 1980s: Third World Staggers, S&Ls Implode 340
Chapter 17 The Early to Mid-1990s: Killer Instinct, Bank Wars, and the Rise of Goldman Sachs 357
Chapter 18 The Late 1990s: Currency Crises and Glass-Steagall Demise 377
Chapter 19 The 2000s: Multiple Crises, the New Big Six, and Global Catastrophe 393
Glossary of Financial Terms 425