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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (87 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. W. Brands Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • “With dramatic stories like that of Jay Gould’s manipulation of the gold market, Lloyd James gets to do more than recite facts. He’s always easy to listen to, bringing history alive as stories while avoiding melodrama and making sure the facts come across.”


  • “Brands, historian and author, identifies five Americans who played critical roles in America’s formation of a monetary system and hence the history of this country from 1776 until the eve of World War I.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by LeeFrances | 6/7/2013

    " This was a good overview of American economic history but knowing next to nothing about that, I wish the author had gone into a little more detail in his explanations of some theory and concepts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Greg Krupa | 6/24/2012

    " Great short history of the 4 key individuals who shaped the American capitalist, banking, economic and monetary system. Recommend it to all who have an interest in economic history of the US. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lewis | 1/24/2012

    " Oh boy, I thought I would like this better than his more recent book I just read. I was sorely disappointed to find the majority of this book appears in that book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/11/2012

    " Short, sweet, and enlightening. Very enjoyable. "

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