Morgan: American Financier

by Jean Strouse

Paperback, 2014




Random House Trade Paperbacks (2014), Edition: Reprint, 848 pages


History has remembered J. Pierpont Morgan as a complex and contradictory figure, part robber baron and part patron saint. Now, this definitive biography, based extensively on new material, is the first magisterial, full-scale portrait of Morgan's tumultuous life both in and out of the public eye. Morgan earned his reputation as "the Napoleon of Wall Street" by reorganizing the nation's railroads and creating some of its greatest industrial trusts, including General Electric and U.S. Steel. At a time when America had no Federal Reserve System, he appointed himself a one-man central bank. He had two wives, three yachts, four children, six houses, mistresses, and one of the finest art collections in America. In this extraordinary book, award-winning biographer Jean Strouse vividly portrays the financial colossus, the avid patron of the arts, and the entirely human character behind all the myths. Brilliantly crafted, epic in scope, it reveals a Morgan never before seen, offering new insights on the culture, political struggles, and social conflicts of America's Gilded Age.… (more)

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LibraryThing member jcopenha
It must have taken me 6 months to get through this. There were parts I enjoyed and parts I didn't. I never knew so much about JP Morgan. It was very interesting to see the things one man could accomplish (with a lot of help from those that respected him). He saved the country from finincail disaster twice and was still ridiculded as a robber baron. I think I'll wait awhile for my next biography though.… (more)
LibraryThing member Whiskey3pa
I found this well written and engaging. I am looking forward to the Chernow book, after looking at what the other reviewers had to say. Pierpont was a fascinating individual and seems pretty unique in his age.


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