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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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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.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
all round good narrative but very very monotonous voice. the narrator did the best he could...
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.
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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