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The House of Morgan is truly one of the best written and most interesting histories I’ve read
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2017
The House of Morgan is truly one of the best written and most interesting histories I’ve read. The strong secondary subject matter is the economic, political and diplomatic history of the United States (circa 1870 to the late 1980s), which actually takes primary stage for much of the book. Chernow had full access to an historical treasure trove of Morgan documents relating to their dealings with U.S. Presidents, nefarious dictators, various and sundry “robber barons,” the Federal Reserve bank, the Bank of England, Continental and Asian state banks, a wide spectrum of politicians from Japan, China, Europe, Mexico and South America — let alone the United States, Charles Lindberg, and a slew of other unusual personages. At its core, it’s a history of high finance, but Chernow’s mastery weaves what could be dry subject matter into the “movement and tension of an epic novel,” to quote the NY Times.