6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2008
An entertaining read, which offers an interesting insight in the changing role and image of "Wall Street" in the American collective consciousness. It is a pity but unavoidable, given such a broad subject, that the many interesting characters who appear and their activities get only a very sketchy description.
However, what disturbed me a bit while reading was that so many names seemed to be misspelled. I did not keep track systematically, but a quick look through the index reveals entries for "William Jennings Bryant" (and others for "Bryan"), Daniel J. Boorstein (the historian), Henry Morganthau, Shuyler Colfax, general Phillip Schulyer (two errors in one name) and Carl Ichan. The law firm of "Cravath, de Gersdorff, Swaine and Wood" is called "Cravath, de Gerdsdorf, Swaine and Wood" on page 454. No doubt someone with a more expert knowledge of American history would find more errors.
The editor and/or proofreader should probably share the blame with the author, but this unfortunate impression of carelessness could and should have been avoided.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2010
The author tries too hard to use fancy words to describe mundane details and glorify what needs not be glorified. The book is a tedious read and I couldn't even finish it because of that. However, if you want to know every detail of Wall Street's cultural history back to the days of the founding fathers you'll love this book.