The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War over the American Dollar

The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War over the American Dollar

by H. W. Brands

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Overview

Most Americans are familiar with the political history of the United States, but there is another history woven all through it, a largely forgotten history--the 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.



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ISBN-13: 9780393330502
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2007
Series: Enterprise
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 249,325
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Best-selling author H. W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas. He lives in Austin.

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