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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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From the first days of the United States, a battle raged over money. On one side were the democrats, who wanted cheap money and feared the concentration of financial interests in the hands of a few. On the other were the capitalists who sought the soundness of a national bank-and the profits that came with it. In telling this exciting story, H. W. Brands focuses on five "Money Men": Alexander Hamilton, who championed a national bank; Nicholas Biddle, whose run-in with Andrew Jackson led to the bank's demise; Jay Cooke, who financed the Union in the Civil War; Jay Gould, who tried to corner the gold market; and J. P. Morgan, whose position was so commanding that he bailed out the U.S. Treasury. The Money Men is a riveting narrative, a revealing history of the men who fought over the lifeblood of American commerce and power. Download and start listening now!

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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.”

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  • [Lloyd James is] always easy to listen to, bringing history alive as stories while avoiding melodrama and making sure the facts come across. AudioFile
  • “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.”

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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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