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Inside money : Brown Brothers Harriman and the American way of power / Zachary Karabell.

Karabell, Zachary, (author.).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library 332.1 (Text) 33062009454829 New Adult Non-Fiction Checked Out 07/01/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781594206610
  • ISBN: 1594206619
  • Physical Description: viii, 438 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 409-425) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Coming to America -- The B&O -- Everybody is speculating -- Dreams of the Arctic -- A very Civil War -- A nice sense of commercial honor -- Nothing is impossible -- The Republic of Brown Brothers -- Saving money -- The tapped -- The business of America -- From the ashes -- "We were very hard workers" -- A call to service -- The wise men -- In the valley -- When is enough enough?
Summary, etc.:
"From an acclaimed historian and financial analyst, the first definitive history of the legendary private investment firm Brown Brothers Harriman - and through it, the rise to world power of the so-called American Establishment. Conspiracy theories have always swirled around Brown Brothers Harriman, and not without reason. Throughout the 19th century, when America was convulsed by a devastating financial panic every generation, Brown Brothers quietly went from strength to strength, propping up the US financial system at crucial moments and catalyzing successive booms, from the cotton trade and the steam ship to the railroad, while avoiding unwelcome attention. By the turn of the 20th century, Brown Brothers was at the heart of what was meant by the American Establishment. As America's reach extended beyond its shores, Brown Brothers was there, often working hand in glove with the State Department, as in Nicaragua in the 1910's, when the firm was essentially empowered to take over the country's economy. To the Browns, virtuousness was a given; in that spirit they supported the elite institutions that forged successive generations of leaders. When, during the Great Depression, Brown Brothers ensured their strength by merging with Averell Harriman's investment bank to form Brown Brothers Harriman, the die was cast for the role the firm would play on the world stage during World War 2 and thereafter. Its core leadership cadre, including Harriman, Robert Lovett, and Prescott Bush, all Skull and Bones men from Yale, played a central role in erecting the architecture of the postwar order, with the US dollar at its heart. In Inside Money, Zachary Karabell offers the first full and frank look inside this very private institution as a prime mover in the larger American story. Blessed with complete access to the company's archives and a thrillingly strong grasp of the bigger picture, Karabell has written in effect an x-ray film of American power from 1818 to the present"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Brown Brothers & Company > History.
Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co > History.
Private banks > New York (State) > New York > History.
Private banks > United States > History.
Investment banking > United States > History.
Merchant banks > United States > History.
Banks and banking > Political aspects > United States > History.
Capitalism > United States > History.
United States > Economic conditions.
United States > Foreign economic relations.

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