All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power

All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power

by Nomi Prins


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Prins shows how powerful Wall Street bankers partnered with presidents to became the unelected leaders of the 20th century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568587493
Publisher: Nation Books
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

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

Preface xv

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

Acknowledgments 431

Notes 433

Index 503

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