The Money Men, H. W. Brands
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The Money Men
Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War over the American Dollar

Author: H. W. Brands

Narrator: Lloyd James

Unabridged: 5 hr 11 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download (DRM Protected)

Published: 11/01/2006

Category: History


From the first days of the United States, a battle raged over money. On one side were the democrats, who wanted cheap money and feared the concentration of financial interests in the hands of a few. On the other were the capitalists who sought the soundness of a national bank—and the profits that came with it. In telling this exciting story, H. W. Brands focuses on five "Money Men": Alexander Hamilton, who championed a national bank; Nicholas Biddle, whose run-in with Andrew Jackson led to the bank's demise; Jay Cooke, who financed the Union in the Civil War; Jay Gould, who tried to corner the gold market; and J. P. Morgan, whose position was so commanding that he bailed out the U.S. Treasury. The Money Men is a riveting narrative, a revealing history of the men who fought over the lifeblood of American commerce and power. "[Lloyd James is] always easy to listen to, bringing history alive as stories while avoiding melodrama and making sure the facts come across." ---AudioFile