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Published to critical acclaim twenty years ago, and now considered a classic, The House of Morgan is the most ambitious history ever written about American finance. It is a rich, panoramic story of four generations of Morgans and the powerful, secretive firms they spawned, ones that would transform the modern financial world. Tracing the trajectory of J. P. Morgan’s empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the financial crisis of 1987, acclaimed author Ron Chernow paints a fascinating portrait of the family’s private saga and the rarefied world of the American and British elite in which they moved—a world that included Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, Franklin Roosevelt, Nancy Astor, and Winston Churchill. A masterpiece of financial history—it was awarded the 1990 National Book Award for Nonfiction and selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century—The House of Morgan is a compelling account of a remarkable institution and the men who ran it, and an essential book for understanding the money and power behind the major historical events of the last 150 years.
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A behind-the-scenes look at Wall Street's top banker Jamie Dimon is Wall Street's biggest player. Following the 11th-hour rescue of Bear Stearns by JP Morgan, his profile has reached stratospheric levels. The House of Dimon goes behind the scenes to recount the amazing events that shaped Dimon's career, including his rise to prominence as Sandy Weill's protégé at Citigroup, only to be fired and denied the top spot; his orchestration of the JP Morgan acquisition of BankOne, a deal that brought Dimon back to Wall Street as CEO of JP Morgan; and the drama surrounding the purchase of Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual–two opportunistic deals that helped avert government bailouts. Lively and engaging, the book provides insider accounts of how Dimon successfully integrated acquired companies; reorganized underperforming units; created efficiencies; and grew bottom-line results as the consummate hands-on manager. Through interviews with Dimon, Weill, JP Morgan board members, and people who worked with Dimon, readers will gain insight into Dimon's management style and his ability to inspire outstanding performance. Most importantly, the book explains Dimon in the context of contemporary Wall Street, an environment that has destroyed several top CEOs and led to the demise of several major financial institutions. Dimon has flourished by avoiding alluring, but potentially catastrophic risks and taking advantage of strategic opportunities. During one of the most difficult and tumultuous periods in Wall Street history, he has survived and thrived. The House of Dimon shows how he's done it and explores what lies ahead for Dimon, as he attempts to grow JP Morgan in the face of the unrelenting pressures of Wall Street. Patricia Crisafulli (Chicago, IL) is an accomplished writer and author who has written or ghost-written 16 books on business, finance, and leadership. A former business journalist, she was a correspondent in the Chicago bureau of Reuters America. Crisafulli has written articles for the "Leisure & Arts" page of the Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on television and radio across the country.
This study comprehensively and systematically explores how Theodore Roosevelt understood, massed, and wielded power to pursue his vision for an America that was the world’s most prosperous, just, and influential nation.
Venture capitalists are the handmaidens of innovation. Operating in the background, they provide the fuel needed to get fledgling companies off the ground--and the advice and guidance that helps growing companies survive their adolescence. In Creative Capital, Spencer Ante tells the compelling story of the enigmatic and quirky man--Georges Doriot--who created the venture capital industry. The author traces the pivotal events in Doriot's life, including his experience as a decorated brigadier general during World War II; as a maverick professor at Harvard Business School; and as the architect and founder of the first venture capital firm, American Research and Development. It artfully chronicles Doriot's business philosophy and his stewardship in startups, such as the important role he played in the formation of Digital Equipment Corporation and many other new companies that later grew to be influential and successful. An award-winning Business Week journalist, Ante gives us a rare look at a man who overturned conventional wisdom by proving that there is big money to be made by investing in small and risky businesses. This vivid portrait of Georges Doriot reveals the rewards that come from relentlessly pursuing what-if possibilities--and offers valuable lessons for business managers and investors alike.
Beginning with former president Theodore Roosevelt’s return in 1910 from his African safari, Chace brilliantly unfolds a dazzling political circus that featured four extraordinary candidates. When Roosevelt failed to defeat his chosen successor, William Howard Taft, for the Republican nomination, he ran as a radical reformer on the Bull Moose ticket. Meanwhile, Woodrow Wilson, the ex-president of Princeton, astonished everyone by seizing the Democratic nomination from the bosses who had made him New Jersey’s governor. Most revealing of the reformist spirit sweeping the land was the charismatic socialist Eugene Debs, who polled an unprecedented one million votes. Wilson’s “accidental” election had lasting impact on America and the world. The broken friendship between Taft and TR inflicted wounds on the Republican Party that have never healed, and the party passed into the hands of a conservative ascendancy that reached its fullness under Reagan and George W. Bush. Wilson’s victory imbued the Democratic Party with a progressive idealism later incarnated in FDR, Truman, and LBJ. 1912 changed America.

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