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3.07 out of 53.07 out of 53.07 out of 53.07 out of 53.07 out of 5 3.07 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. W. Brands Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9781400172931
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 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 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 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 Sarah | 1/11/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/29/2011

    " Interesting but occasionally dry, and not really a subject that I cared enough about to delve so deeply into, but it wasn't my pick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenn Robinson | 10/14/2011

    " A quick basic overview of the financial leaders that have shaped the US financial system, both in good ways and poor ways. Not one part of the history is view in depth, so do not view this as providing answers, just raising many more questions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 7/12/2011

    " Profiles of five important figures in American monetary history. Book has sort of a jumbleed feel to it with some interesting stories but overall, not one of Brands' best efforts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hthayer | 6/1/2011

    " Readable book about the formation of monetary policy in the United States. Surprisingly interesting and understandable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/15/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 laura | 12/27/2010

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 9/30/2010

    " Interesting but occasionally dry, and not really a subject that I cared enough about to delve so deeply into, but it wasn't my pick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 5/31/2010

    " Profiles of five important figures in American monetary history. Book has sort of a jumbleed feel to it with some interesting stories but overall, not one of Brands' best efforts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hthayer | 5/20/2008

    " Readable book about the formation of monetary policy in the United States. Surprisingly interesting and understandable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 keatssycamore | 3/2/2008

    " Here's what I learned from the book:

    The banksters and speculators having been screwing up (and over) the United States for the entirety of it's existence. "

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About the Author

H. W. Brands is the bestselling author and editor of more than twenty books. He has been a professor at Vanderbilt and Texas A&M universities, and he is currently the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Two of his books, Traitor to His Class and The First American, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. His other works include Andrew Jackson, Age of Gold, and TR. He lectures frequently on historical and current events and has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs. He resides in Austin, Texas.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.