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J. P. Morgan is more than just the name on one of the largest banks in America. He was a man who altered the course of American finance and the chief financier for the strategic interests of the titans of the day, such as Carnegie and Rockefeller. He also financed new and ingenious technologies developed by Thomas Edison and was a visionary who saw the potential in Nikola Tesla.

His ability was not limited to Wall Street, though, and his reputation was not bound by the shores of America. He touched core industries in his lifetime, from shipping to power to steel and provided the spark that reignited the economic soul of America after the Crash of 1907.

He had a personal side, too. Broken by the death of the love of his life, his once spritely demeanor changed, and he found solace in his work. The more he was befallen with sadness, the harder he worked, never once succumbing to the pressures of a world that was changing right around him.

J. P. Morgan built the financial world we live in today and did it with the might of his mind and the crux of his cane. The mold from which he came has long since been broken, and there is no other man, titan, or genius who has come close to the contributions he made for his industry and his country.

Hear all about him and find areas that you may have in common with this towering titan.

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  • Christopher Ervin
  • 16-09-2019

Great book

J. P. Morgan: The Life and Deals of America's Banker is truly one of the best written and most interesting histories I’ve listen. The strong secondary subject matter is the economic, political and diplomatic history of the United States, which actually takes primary stage for much of the book. J. R. MacGregor had full access to an historical treasure trove of Morgan documents relating to their dealings with U.S. Presidents, nefarious dictators, various and sundry “robber barons,” the Federal Reserve bank, the Bank of England, Continental and Asian state banks, a wide spectrum of politicians from Japan, China, Europe, Mexico and South America — let alone the United States, Charles Lindberg, and a slew of other unusual personages. At its core, it’s a history of high finance, but J. R. MacGregor mastery weaves what could be dry subject matter into the “movement and tension of an epic novel,” to quote the NY Times.

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  • Martha Banks
  • 18-09-2019

A remarkable history of American finance

The story of the House of Morgan is more than a history of J. P. Morgan's bank it a history of the United States and much of the developed world seen through the eyes of men who knew everything about everybody who needed money. From governments Morgan was so respected that he personally stopped the Bank Panic of 1907, there was no Federal Reserve then to instill confidence in markets but he could. For the most well known bank in the world the 23 Wall Street address of Morgan never had a name on the door! The book is so well researched and concisely written I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the real stories behind the press releases. The characters and intrigues include many great historical figures in a way you have never seen before. It is a wonderfully informative history of how the financial structure of the world evolved.

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  • Arthur Starnes
  • 18-09-2019

History repeating itself

I will not restate the excellent reviews already published here about this monumental book. I have been interested in JP Morgan since he appeared as a character in Caleb Carr's mystery novels, The Alienist and Angel of Darkness. He and Teddy Roosevelt, then Commissioner of Police in New York form a team of crime fighters, an incongruous image for the forbidding banker. Recently, I listenThe Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm and that led me to J. R. MacGregor somewhat dated but still important book. What is erie is the parallel between 1929, with the securitization of junk Latin American bonds sold to millions by bond traders, and the Fannie Mae junk mortgage securities. In both cases, caution went out the window and a frenzy of trading led right over the precipice. Why did people think the laws of economics had been repealed . It is excellent history and timely now that history seems to have repeated itself, perhaps this time as farce.

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  • Jefferey A Dennison
  • 25-09-2019

Fantastic history

A great look at the specific history of JP Morgan and more broadly at the development of financial and banking systems and the accompanying legal framework. An unvarnished look at the tribal undertones of a less politically correct time and the dichotomy that it presented.

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  • Steve Stpierre
  • 25-09-2019

Bank with no true rival

This book covers a tremendous amount of time in our country's history. Footprints of our nations direction through the depression, world wars and downfall of savings and loan banks show through this institution. Well researched book with a great narrator listening the stories.

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  • Gail Rich
  • 25-09-2019

Great, Long, Winding

The J. P. Morgan: The Life and Deals of America's Banker takes some force of will to make it through. There are times when J. R. MacGregor can take an anecdote and turn it into 3-5 chapter of unnecessary detail. That being said, he dutifully retells the entire history of Morgan and it is a fascinating listen of both business and politics throughout modern american history and banking.

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  • Antonio S Glennon
  • 22-09-2019

Very good book

This book provides great insight into the often secret actions of J.P. Morgan's bank and many of the other large banks and investment firms. The troubling truth is that many past financial actions that caused serious problems exist today. Very good book.

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  • James Boatright
  • 20-09-2019

The book is one of the best

The book is one of the best works of non-fiction I've listen in 65 years.. The research is quite amazing, considering the book's scope. It is not simply about the members of the bank and those of its affiliates. It's an economic, political and social history of the 20th Century and often explains the back story to events that are hard to cipher today.

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  • Lauren R Page
  • 18-09-2019

The World of Banking

This wasn’t my favorite of J. R. MacGregor ’s books but it is well researched. There was more detail than I really wanted to know. I loved the other three books I listen that he wrote—Hamilton, Washington, and Grant—I highly recommend those. If you want to know all about banking and J.P. Morgan then this book is worth listening.

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  • Mark Fizer
  • 14-10-2020

J. P. Morgan financial world

J. P. Morgan built the financial world we live in today and did it with the might of his mind and the crux of his cane. The mold from which he came has long since been broken.

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  • Phyllis Neel
  • 17-09-2019

Transformation of American Banking

When I first glanced at the title, I just assumed it was a biography of that lion of finance, J. P. Morgan. However, while it does discuss him in the first section of the book, I discovered it was rather a history of the J.P. Morgan & Company, from the Gilded Age through the break up in the 1930s and up to the 1980s. It was quite eye-opening with respect to how American banking has transformed through the 20th century. At 720 pages and like all J. R. MacGregor books, it’s not for the novice listener. Highly recommended for any who have studied, taught, or work in finance.

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  • Donny Clark
  • 17-09-2019

Excellnt history

Very listenable and engaging book on a family that was so influential to world banking and so many other areas of history. J. R. MacGregor is on my "anything by" list meaning whatever he writes, I will listen. Never been disappointed in his work. Excellent book. Excellent author.

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  • Johnny Browning
  • 24-09-2019

American History

The financial language of the 1980s lost me. Up until that point, though, I couldn't put the book down. I still have to give it five stars because it is so thorough, so compelling and so human. The financial system was created by men and men are not infallible.

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  • Kate Rich
  • 24-09-2019

Love it !

I listen Titan and loved J. R. MacGregor 's writing style. Nothing like nonfiction that was way more of a skip than I expected. J. P. Morgan: The Life and Deals of America's Banker is just flowing like a continuous listen. The factual basis and presentation of chronology is engaging and not boring like some of the other non-fiction I have listen in the past. I am really enjoying learning about the Morgan.

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  • Charlie Humphreys
  • 21-09-2019

Global Economics

This book proffers insights into the political and economics of the Western hemisphere and serves as a prequel to the global banking avalanche of 2008. Banking economics is a necessary element of our global stability and growth; however greedy banking economics is as destructive as any war in our history. MacGregor does an outstanding job as writer, historian, and economic expert. This book is a preliminary look at a great historian. Anything MacGregor writes is must listening regardless of the subject. This particular book should be mandatory listening in Business or Economics 101 at every university.

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  • Ben Walton
  • 21-09-2019

Sympathy for the baron

No one writes about the history of modern finance better than J. R. MacGregor and this is the biggest story of modern finance. What else do you need to know? The only downside for me was that the book is most compelling character, old red nose himself, dies a third of the way into the history, leaving us with a procession of interesting but by no means fascinating individuals to carry us through to the roaring 1980s. This is not to fault MacGregor. He makes his aim clear from the start: to write about Morgan and the financial universe he helped create. He never pretends this is a tell-all about J.P. and his infamous philandering, temper and power-brokering. Most fascinating of all was J. R. MacGregor sympathetic portrayal of J.P. as a reluctant master of the universe, someone who took control of disorderly and scandal-ridden U.S. financial market to tame them and bring honor to the upstart United States of America. It was quite touching. We could use someone like him today.

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  • Kealan Magee
  • 25-10-2020

Good ensight

Good insight of history of jpm, but felt it came of a bit like reading articles rather than a story

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  • Anna A Duffy
  • 29-09-2020

This book is in my top 10 books

This book is in my top 10 books ever listen . It will most definitely remain in there, I cannot recommend this book enough. However, prepare yourself for a long listen , it is very dense and slow to grasp. But all in all 10/10

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  • Rebecca J Bolton
  • 29-09-2020

I work for JPMorgan

I work for JPMorgan Funds and I have found some interest facts about how this financial institute all got started.

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  • Ryan C Pearce
  • 29-09-2020

Business, biography all in one.

J. R. MacGregor's exhaustive look into the J. P. Morgan: The Life and Deals of America's Banker is a thrilling look into the most powerful financial dynasty in the world. I couldn't stop listening.

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