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Winner of the National Book Award and now considered a classic, The House of Morgan is the most ambitious history ever written about an American banking dynasty. Acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as "brilliantly researched and written", the book tells the rich, panoramic story of four generations of Morgans and the powerful, secretive firms they spawned. It is the definitive account of the rise of the modern financial world. A gripping history of banking and the booms and busts that shaped the world on both sides of the Atlantic, The House of Morgan traces the trajectory of the J. P.Morgan empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the crash of 1987. Ron Chernow paints a fascinating portrait of the private saga of the Morgans and the rarefied world of the American and British elite in which they moved. Based on extensive interviews and access to the family and business archives, The House of Morgan is an investigative masterpiece, a compelling account of a remarkable institution and the men who ran it, and an essential book for understanding the money and power behind the major historical events of the last 150 years.
©2014 Ron Chernow (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
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By Phil O. on 05-20-14

Monumental. Loved it.

This is the first Ron Chernow book I have read. Wow, what a storyteller. I presume the reader already has an interest in the overall topic. Mr Chernow has a way of plucking out a telling little detail that sets a scene or gives a sense of a personality marvelously. And he tirelessly delivers this sort of thing across a vast canvas. He did the same with Alexander Hamilton, as I have since heard it. I hope an audio of his book "The Warburgs" is forthcoming.

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By Courtney on 05-20-14

Starts out strong but then fractures

Would you try another book from Ron Chernow and/or Robertson Dean?

Absolutely! Chernow's book on Rockefeller is one of my all time favorites! Writing a book about an investment bank that is both interesting and compelling throughout is a herculean task. Ron Chernow has done as good a job as can be done for such a book. This book is 34 hours and 36 minutes long so keeping the mind engaged was challenging in the end where the company was so fractured was difficult

Would you recommend The House of Morgan to your friends? Why or why not?

It depends on the friend but in general - no. Most would not enjoy this book and would find the details of investment bankers dealings quite tedious. If a friend was interested in understanding the financial history of the US economy and the forces that shaped it - I would recommend this book.

Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

Lamont was an interesting and complex man.

Do you think The House of Morgan needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I think Chernow has pretty much covered everything.

Any additional comments?

The book is very monolithic in the begining with the powerful J.P. Morgan - but as the company moved out of the hands of the Morgan's and became more fractured I found it more difficult to follow all these little men.

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By Amazon Customer on 09-10-17

monotonous read

all round good narrative but very very monotonous voice. the narrator did the best he could...

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By AVg on 07-24-15

understanding is the first step

If you could sum up The House of Morgan in three words, what would they be?

Biographical, in-depth & involving

What other book might you compare The House of Morgan to, and why?

Can't think of another. This wasn't run of the mill. It has history, personalities, thought and regulatory evolution, case studies and Morgan amidst world events shaping being shaped in turn.

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By B. van Caspel on 03-27-17

Solid history of a institution

This was the exact type of book I hoped for, something that explained in detail the history for the Morgan banks with many sub stories that highlight everyday life, politics and business in each era.

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