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.

More

See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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!
Read full review

- Matt

Superb narration

Robertson Dean takes what could have been a dry financial history and turns it into a fascinating tale. I did not catch a single mispronunciation, even on foreign words like "cognoscenti" and "pince-nez." He is one of the best in the business. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, particularly because it confirms the hair-raising truth about central banking described by G. Edward Griffin in "The Creature from Jekyll Island."
Read full review

- Cletus van Damme

Book Details

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