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    Available in PDF Format | Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy and the Hundred Years' War Over the American Dollar (Enterprise (W.W. Norton)).pdf | English
    H W Brands(Author)
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.

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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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • H W Brands(Author)
  • W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (19 Oct. 2007)
  • English
  • 6
  • History
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  • By Milo di Thernan on 16 April 2009

    I am writing as a mediocre professional in economics and banking, which makes me aware of the difficulties which the subjects present to the non-specialist. This short book is as engaging as any novel and will reward the attention of anyone who has a passing interest in the financial crisis that has characterised 2007 and 2008. By way of by-product it will also whet anybody's appetite for more knowledge about the USA, which is such a young, open and dynamic economy - and this from an erstwhile cynic on American proselytisation. Try it. It will open up numerous avenues of exploration for you. For example, it has tempted me to read about the Astors, and Cliveden, as well as high finance and US history.

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