Gentlemen Bankers

Gentlemen Bankers

The World of J.P. Morgan

eBook - 2013
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"Gentlemen Bankers investigates the social and economic circles of one of America's most renowned and influential financiers to uncover how the Morgan family's power and prestige stemmed from its unique position within a network of local and international relationships. At the turn of the twentieth century, private banking was a personal enterprise in which business relationships were a statement of identity and reputation. In an era when ethnic and religious differences were pronounced and anti-Semitism was prevalent, Anglo-American and German-Jewish elite bankers lived in their respective cordoned communities, seldom interacting with one another outside the business realm. Ironically, the tacit agreement to maintain separate social spheres made it easier to cooperate in purely financial matters on Wall Street. But as Susie Pak demonstrates, the Morgans' exceptional relationship with the German-Jewish investment bank Kuhn, Loeb & Co., their strongest competitor and also an important collaborator, was entangled in ways that went far beyond the pursuit of mutual profitability"--Publisher's website.
Publisher: Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780674075573
Characteristics: 1 online resource (356 pages) : illustrations, maps


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Sep 07, 2015

I would have enjoyed the book more had I known more about Morgan before I started.

Nov 30, 2013

A rather narrow thesis as the reviewer stated, although the author does mention that the Morgan family made money by selling defective muntions during the Civil War, she claims they were already wealthy before then (news to me, so I will seek to verify) with Aetna Insurance Company (didn't realize it was that old?). Prof. Pak also mentions the belief that Morgan, along with Secretary of State Lansing (an uncle to the Dulles brothers), pulled the USA into World War I, from which they would profit (be getting those British and French loans repaid). It does seem like a college thesis which was expanded a bit for publication. She does give the reader an excellent synopsis of the values of Louis Brandeis, which was how he came to present a problem to FDR when FDR attempted to implement his New Deal in its entirety, but failed.

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