History has remembered J. Pierpont Morgan as a complex and contradictory figure, part robber baron and part patron saint. Now this magisterial biography, based extensively on new material, draws a definitive, 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 na
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Sometimes history is written by the losers.
Strouse’s thesis is that our perception of the period between the end of the American Civil War and the beginning of the first world war in the USA has been formed by the losers – those who argued against the trusts, the cartels, the plutocrats and as a result we can struggle to assess people like Pierpont Morgan fairly.
This book’s judgement of Pierpont Morgan is summed up on pages xiv and xv of the forward, “convinced that he was guiding the country to
Have you heard the one about the rich man who, when asked how much it cost to maintain his yaught, replied that if you have to ask, you can’t afford it? That was J. Pierpoint Morgan. This is a serious biography about that man, by a really smart biographer, Jean Strouse. She is a Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for another of her books, so she knows her stuff. I have to say that I read biography from a very female point of view, and that colors my opinion of the book. To Peirpoin
This is the best biography of a plutocrat ever. This was an important person, but a fascinating person, whose career literally shaped American business. This is better than “House of Morgan” – also a fine book- and was literally a page turner, obesity a long one!