The House of Morgan

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The House of Morgan
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Author Ron Chernow
Country United States
Subject Finance
Genre History, biography
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication date
1990
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 812
ISBN ISBN 0-87113-338-5
OCLC 20015083

The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance is a non-fiction book by Ron Chernow, published in 1990. It traces the history of four generations of the J.P. Morgan financial empire, on both sides of the Atlantic, from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the crash of 1987.[1]

The reviewer for the New York Times Book Review said, "As a portrait of finance, politics and the world of avarice and ambition on Wall Street, the book has the movement and tension of an epic novel. It is, quite simply, a tour de force."[2]

Chernow later completed a history of the German-Jewish Warburg banking family (The Warburgs, 1993) and a collection of the essays on "the decline and fall of the great financial dynasties", (The Death of the Banker, 1997).

An earlier book, titled The House of Morgan was written by Edwin P. Hoyt, Jr. and published by Dodd, Mead & Company in 1966.[3] This book, based largely on the 1930 work The House of Morgan, A Social Biography of the Masters of Money by Lewis Corey and the 1939 work of Herbert L. Satterlee titled J. Pierpont Morgan: An Intimate Portrait is considered to be marred by factual errors and an often overly partisan perspective.[4]

Awards[edit]

The book won the 1990 U.S. National Book Award for Nonfiction.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The House of Morgan (review)". Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  2. ^ Jeffrey E. Garten, "Their Street Was Paved With Gold," New York Times March 18, 1990
  3. ^ Library of Congress Catalog Card No. (LCCN) 66024266.
  4. ^ Burt, Daniel S. The Biography Book: A Reader's Guide to Nonfiction, Fictional, and Film. Greenwood Publishing Group. 
  5. ^ "National Book Awards – 1990". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-24.