Upton Sinclair was a prolific author, committed socialist, and political activist who gained enormous popularity when his 1906 novel The Jungle exposed conditions in the U.S. meat-packing industry. In 1943, he earned a Pulitzer Prize for his series tale, Dragon's Teeth.
The Moneychangersby Upton Sinclair
Allan Montague looked at him and smiled. There were no visible signs of agitation about Reggie. He had come to take Alice to church, and he was exquisitely groomed and perfumed, and wore a wonderful scarlet orchid in his buttonhole. Montague, lounging back in a big leather chair and watching him, smiled to himself at the thought that Reggie regarded Lucy as a new kind of flower, with which he might parade down the Avenue and attract attention.
"Is she large or small?" asked Reggie.
"She is about your size," said Montague,-which was very small indeed.
Alice entered at this moment in a new spring costume. Reggie sprang to his feet, and greeted her with his inevitable effusiveness.
When he asked, "Do you know her, too?"
"Who? Lucy?" asked Alice. "I went to school with her."
"Judge Dupree's plantation was next to ours," said Montague. "We all grew up together.
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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.