"Among its many virtues, the book’s timely message should have an impact on the current debate over wealth and inequality. . . . I much admire the author’s ability to tell stories that force us to reconsider what wealth means without resorting to moral or Marxist outrage."—Mark Lytle, Bard College
"A fascinating and timely study."—Gordon S. Wood, Brown University
(Gordon S. Wood)
“This is an elegiac meditation, at once panoramic and intimate, on the paradox of great wealth in a democratic society. As we grope our way through a second Gilded Age, Dalzell's book reminds us that we are living again a very old American story.”—Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers
(Joseph J. Ellis)
"A timely reminder that money is neither good nor evil, but its uses reveal a lot about a person’s choices and values."—Kirkus
About the Author
Robert F. Dalzell, Jr., is Frederick Rudolph Professor of American History, Williams College. His previous books include The House the Rockefellers Built and Enterprising Elite. He divides his time among Williamstown, MA, New York City, and Sweden, ME.