Gentlemen Bankers

Gentlemen Bankers

The World of J. P. Morgan

Book - 2013
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Contents: Introduction
Gentlemen banking before 1914
The social world of private bankers
Anti-semitism in economic networks
Disrupting the balance : the Great War
The significance of social ties : Harvard
Complex international alliances : Japan
The end of private banking at the Morgans
Conclusion : writing the history of networks
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2013
Branch Call Number: 332.123 P
Characteristics: 356 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780674073036


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Sep 07, 2015

I would have enjoyed the book more had I known more about Morgan before I started.

Nov 30, 2013

A rather narrow thesis as the reviewer stated, although the author does mention that the Morgan family made money by selling defective muntions during the Civil War, she claims they were already wealthy before then (news to me, so I will seek to verify) with Aetna Insurance Company (didn't realize it was that old?). Prof. Pak also mentions the belief that Morgan, along with Secretary of State Lansing (an uncle to the Dulles brothers), pulled the USA into World War I, from which they would profit (be getting those British and French loans repaid). It does seem like a college thesis which was expanded a bit for publication. She does give the reader an excellent synopsis of the values of Louis Brandeis, which was how he came to present a problem to FDR when FDR attempted to implement his New Deal in its entirety, but failed.


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