• The Death of the Banker

  • The Decline and Fall of the Great Financial Dynasties and the Triumph of the Small Investor
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-25-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (456 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With the same breadth of vision and narrative élan he brought to his monumental biographies of the great financiers, Ron Chernow examines the forces that made dynasties like the Morgans, the Warburgs, and the Rothschilds the financial arbiters of the early 20th century and then rendered them virtually obsolete by the century's end. As he traces the shifting balance of power among investors, borrowers, and bankers, Chernow evokes both the grand theater of capital and the personal dramas of its most fascinating protagonists. Here is Siegmund Warburg, who dropped a client in the heat of a takeover deal because the man wore monogrammed shirt cuffs, as well as the imperious J. P. Morgan, who, when faced with a federal antitrust suit, admonished Theodore Roosevelt to "send your man to my man and they can fix it up". And here are the men who usurped their power, from the go-getters of the 1920s to the masters of the universe of the 1980s. Glittering with perception and anecdote, The Death of the Banker is at once a panorama of 20th-century finance and a guide to the new era of giant mutual funds on Wall Street.
©1997 Ron Chernow (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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2 out of 5 stars
By Lindsey M Hall on 11-15-17

Severely outdated

The "release date" of 04-25-17 had me erroneously believing this book had been updated. Nope. Kind of a lot has happened since 1997, including some of the most interesting things in the banking world, and many events that dramatically change the way much of the topics discussed in the book should be viewed. Several conclusions in the book are proven wrong by more recent events. So much has changed since 1997 that this book is pretty much irrelevant. There are a few good chapters on events that happened before the 1980s (like the discussion on J.P.Morgan).

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bill on 05-05-17

Good short read

Not as dense as the normal Ron Chernow works I'm accustomed to but displays more of the historian's humor; short and sweet remembrance of the evolution of the world of high finance and it's key players

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