About the Author
Matthew Josephson was born in Brooklyn in 1899. In addition to The Politicos, 1865-1896
(1938) and The Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists, 1861-1901
(1934), he was the author of two other studies of American politics and society, The President Makers: The Culture of Politics and Leadership in an Age of Enlightenment, 1896-1919
(1940) and The Money Lords: The Great Finance Capitalists, 1925-1950
(1972), as well as biographies of labor leader Sidney Hillman (1952), Thomas Alva Edison (1959), and New York governor Al Smith (1969). Josephson was also deeply immersed in French culture, and wrote biographies of Zola, Rousseau, Hugo, and Stendhal. He died in Santa Cruz, California, in 1978 at the age of seventy-nine.