An "insightful" (Publishers Weekly) history of the development of American capitalism and the men who made it great.
Most Americans are familiar with the political history of the United States, but there is another history woven all through it, a largely forgotten historythe story of the money men. Acclaimed historian H. W. Brands brings them back to life: J. P. Morgan, who stabilized a foundering U.S. Treasury in 1907; Alexander Hamilton, who founded the first national bank, and Nicholas Biddle, under whose directorship it failed; Jay Cooke, who helped to finance the Union war effort through his then-innovative strategy of selling bonds to ordinary Americans; and Jay Gould, who tried to corner the market on gold in 1869 and as a result brought about Black Friday and fled for his life.
About the Author
Lloyd James has been narrating since 1996, has recorded over six hundred books in almost every genre, has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards, and is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Money Question 15
The Aristocracy of Capital 19
The Bank War 57
The Bonds of Union 97
The Great Gold Conspiracy 131
The Transit of Jupiter 159
Epilogue: The Money Answer 199
For Further Reading 217
What People are Saying About This
"[Lloyd James is] always easy to listen to, bringing history alive as stories while avoiding melodrama and making sure the facts come across." -AudioFile
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Good book but it is scattering to the effect that it jumps around a good bit from idea to idea. Some of the writers thoughts seem to rapidly come to mind, written down, then a different thought comes and written down. Over all on a one to ten, ten being excellent, I give it a four.