The House of Morgan

  • by Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • 34 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Courtney

A brilliant book for history or finance buffs

A genuine masterpiece. Beautifully written and read.

You might think a book about banking would be dry and boring - not this one! I found it gripping..

The Morgan dynasty's monopoly of large scale finance on both sides of the Atlantic spanned several generations. They were bankers to all the major world powers and key industrialists in the first half of the century.

The author does a magnificent job of bringing the characters and all the high dramas to life. It's also a superb chronicle of modern history. Listening to their exploits gave me insights and perspective on history and economics that would be hard to find elsewhere.

If you don't know anything about finance you may struggle with some of the details about financial instruments, but you'll still get a good sense of the big picture.

Regardless of your politics or what you think about bankers, if you're at all interested in history or finance this is definitely one to get.

Ten out of ten!
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- Matt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.