The definitive full-scale portrait of J. Pierpont Morgan s tumultuous life, both in and out of the public eye
History has remembered him as a complex and contradictory figure, part robber baron and part patron saint. J. Pierpont Morgan earned his reputation as the Napoleon of Wall Street by reorganizing the nation s railroads and creating industrial giants such as General Electric and U.S. Steel. At a time when the country had no Federal Reserve system, he appointed himself a one-man central bank. He had two wives, three yachts, four children, six houses, mistresses, and one of the finest art collections in America. In this extraordinary book, drawing extensively on new material, award-winning biographer Jean Strouse vividly portrays the financial colossus, the avid patron of the arts, and the entirely human character behind all the myths.
Praise for <<
Magnificent . . . the fullest and most revealing look at this remarkable, complex man that we are likely to get. <<
A masterpiece . . . No one else has told the tale of Pierpont Morgan in the detail, depth, and understanding of Jean Strouse. Robert Heilbroner, It is hard to imagine a biographer coming any closer to perfection. Strouse is in full command of Pierpont Morgan s personal life, his financial operations, his collecting, and his benefactions, and presents a rich, vivid picture of the background against which they took place. . . . A magnificent biography. < The New York Review of Books <
With uncommon intelligence, maturity, and psychological insight,
Random House Publishing Group
Non Fiction /