☆ The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War Over the American Dollar || ↠ PDF Read by ↠ H.W. Brands

  • Title: The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War Over the American Dollar
  • Author: H.W. Brands
  • ISBN: 9780393330502
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback

  • 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 NicholMost 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.
    H.W. Brands
    Henry William Brands was born in Portland, Oregon, where he lived until he went to California for college He attended Stanford University and studied history and mathematics After graduating he became a traveling salesman, with a territory that spanned the West from the Pacific to Colorado His wanderlust diminished after several trips across the Great Basin, and he turned to sales of a different sort, namely teaching For nine years he taught mathematics and history in high school and community college Meanwhile he resumed his formal education, earning graduate degrees in mathematics and history, concluding with a doctorate in history from the University of Texas at Austin He worked as an oral historian at the University of Texas Law School for a year, then became a visiting professor of history at Vanderbilt University In 1987 he joined the history faculty at Texas AM University, where he taught for seventeen years In 2005 he returned to the University of Texas, where he is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History and Professor of Government He has written twenty two books, coauthored or edited five others, and published dozens of articles and scores of reviews His books include Traitor to His Class, The Money Men, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American, TR, The Strange Death of American Liberalism, What America Owes the World, and The Devil We Knew His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic Monthly, the Smithsonian, the National Interest, the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, the Political Science Quarterly, American History, and many other newspapers, magazines and journals His writings have received critical and popular acclaim The First American was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Prize, as well as a New York Times bestseller The Age of Gold was a Washington Post Best Book of 2002 and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller Andrew Jackson was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2005 and a Washington Post bestseller What America Owes the World was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize in international affairs The Wages of Globalism was a Choice Outstanding Academic Book winner Lone Star Nation won the Deolece Parmelee Award He is a member of various honorary societies, including the Society of American Historians and the Philosophical Society of Texas He is a regular guest on national radio and television programs, and is frequently interviewed by the American and foreign press His writings have been published in several countries and translated into German, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.


    H. W. Brands defines the roles played by the “Money Men” Alexander Hamilton, Nicholas Biddle, Jay Cooke, Jay Gould and J. P. Morgan in shaping the US financial system. The first half covering the roles of Hamilton, Biddle and Cooke was very good. The second half on Gould and Morgan was a not up the standard of the first, perhaps because the emphasis was on their abuse of the unfettered system more that the resulting changes.Brands writes of the young nation's leaders holding different perspe [...]

    The great financiers who emerged as the Capitalist juggernauts of our history are discussed. It starts with the smartest man ever to grace the continental United States Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton intuitively knew that a Capitalist economy would lead to great prosperity. He learned this as he saw a farming community in Barbados languish in poverty and read Adam Smith’s influential book “The Wealth of Nations.” When the Great George Washington was unanimously voted into America as its firs [...]

    Literary Chic
    I found Mr. Brands' book on the Money Men well written and succinct. At barely 200 pages, it wasn't a thorough history of the American finance system, but it was a good synopsis of the roots of American capitalism. He spent more time fleshing out the Hamilton/Jefferson capitalism vs. democracy argument than any other. After reading this book, I would like to hear more about the magnates of capitalism (Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Rockefeller) as Mr. Brands barely mentioned them. If you're not looking f [...]

    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.

    Emily Ross
    This was a pretty good book, brief but relatively detailed about five important men to the world of American finance; Alexander Hamilton, Nicholas Biddle, Jay Cooke, Jay Gould and J. P. Morgan. It was really interesting seeing how finance evolved over the years and how Brands changed the historical narrative to focus on capitalism vs democracy. It did feel like there was quite a bit missing, so bigger, more in depth books might be a better alternative if a person was looking for specifics.

    More on my efforts to learn a little about economics. This is hard work for me, because it relies on human behavior more than the laws of nature like physics or engineering. I'm still grappling with some of the concepts, and the separation of capitalism from democracy. The two are often linked, but they are not the same thing.At any rate, I'd heard some of this before in an audiobook or two from last year about the Great Depression. Still, repetition helps me internalize it.Better for me was the [...]

    The most disappointing aspect of this book was its focus on specific individuals. In retrospect, it shouldn't have been a surprise considering the title; however, I was looking for a book that was more technical and focused more on broader trends during the time period discussed. Instead, it provided a lot of biographical information, and in my opinion, inflated the importance of some, although not all, individuals discussed.Also I only read small sections of the first two-thirds of the book, be [...]

    Accessible, interesting, and sometimes entertaining explanation of how money works. Everything you want and need to know but didn’t know how or who to ask.

    The Founding Fathers of the United States had referred to our government based on a democratic republic as a "grand experiment". One of the main catalysts for the success of this experiment has to be the economic system of Capitalism. The early establishment of the National Bank System, the Department of the Treasury, the adoption of a national paper currency, the evolution of the silver and gold standard, and early market crashes and reforms, and the figures behind these developments is the sub [...]

    Um, I don't know. I think this book could have been a lot better. I know they're "essays" or whatever, but I just felt like they weren't very fleshed out. He doesn't always explain things completely, like he made it sound like there was no president at all between Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison. It kind of threw me off and I had to go reread it to make sure that I just didn't miss it. He could've dedicated, like, half a sentence to the election & presidency of Martin Van Buren , e [...]

    As a big fan of Brands, I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps it is because of the length of the work, a fraction of the length of most of his books I've read, and because it covered several individuals in that time rather than one biography. It may, frankly, been because I was less sympathetic to the individuals covered. Whatever the reason, I didn't feel it really got to the core of the people involved, nor did it weave a unified narrative. Yes, these were all people important in US financial hist [...]

    Dan Hatcher
    This book covers a lot of ground in 206 pages, from Andrew Hamilton v. Thomas Jefferson on big vs. small government ; Jackson vs. Biddle on the constitutionality of the national bank ; to Jay Cooke financing the Union war efforts with bonds; to the Panic of 1873 ; to the gilded age trusts up to the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.This book was a good primer, but too brief. I look forward to one day reading about these topics individually. H.W Brands frequently puts democracy against capitalism, each [...]

    Oleksandr Zholud
    The book concentrates on the struggle, as the author puts it, between capitalism and democracy in the USA, chiefly during the XIXth century. It is akin to banking vs currency schools in the same period England, but the author, being a historian doesn’t try to aggreagate as see it as a part of economic history, more like a pieces of biographies of people, who created this history – Hamilton, Jackson, Biddle, Jefferson, JP Morgan, Gould, Cook… in short a series of interesting anecdotes linke [...]

    Though copyright in 2006 this book encourages thought on the current financial world. Starting with Hamilton, then treating Bibble, Gould, Cooke and Morgan in turn, H.W. Brands provides insight into the financial world. Each of these men fought for a strong central monetary control authority. In his epilogue the author posits that the current (2006) controllers of money were in the main anonymous (with the exception of Alan Greenspan). Perhaps when the real history of the 2008 financial crises i [...]

    Leif Erik
    If you're anything like me (God help you) then you have often pined for a concise (sub 200 pg) account of American monetary policy pre-establishment of the Federal Reserve, ideally with the focus the inherit conflict between hard money and inflationary interests. This is book for you! Brand does an excellent job of explaining the interests and motivations of each side and how that played out over the 19th century.

    A quick and easy read, although most of the essential information presented can be obtained even more quickly and easily by scanning a couple dozen pages in a college U.S. history textbook. I've read several of Brands's books, and they all seem to fit the same pattern: Accessible prose and smooth storytelling, but very little original thought or intellectual stimulation.

    Interesting, but nothing special. It reads like a college lecture that is an overview of the history of money in America, with emphasis on the prime money man of the time being . A good introduction to the individuals that were the movers and shakers of the time. Sparks interest in reading more in depth about each money man.

    Although the cover of this book looks cool, the material inside was not as entertaining. Brands is an excellent historical writer (see my review of his Jackson biography), but for the subject matter of this book considering the recent economic problems we have been experiencing, you will probably hate these major bankers more and not get a complete grasp of the history for the book is short.

    Nicole Marble
    Interesting view of US history via money and how it has been used and peoples' attitude to it.Gracefully written, Brands points out the natural antagonism between capitalism and democracy.Something to think about!

    Got excited to learn a little more about the Federal Reserve bank so far learned that Alexander Hamilton was pushing for a central U.S. bank long before the Federal Reserve Act was passed to create the "Fed" as we know it. Interesting read so far

    Glenn Robinson
    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.

    A well-written and informative overview of the capitalism vs democracy conflict over monetary policy in the US from Alexander Hamilton's debt scheme to the founding of the Federal Reserve System.

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

    David Szatkowski
    This is a good, short book that gives a basic history of major players in the world of finance, treasury, and currency history. The book spans the late 1790s to just before WWI. Worth a read.

    Robert Sparrenberger
    Quick overview of major financial issues in America since it founding by hw brands. This book does not contain his normal flair and just presents the facts. Quick read

    Greg Krupa
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Short, sweet, and enlightening. Very enjoyable.

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