Top positive review
Information-packed; well and colorfully told
on June 28, 2013
What a storyteller and teacher this author is. There is a great feel for the telling details, laying out a profound story but in colorful and stimulating words and examples, breezily moving along, but with that tempo, losing nothing. I love the economy of language here: this is what good editing looks like. Here is the convergence of business, politics and history in the USA, readably delivered. Any young person with the focus to read this, the earlier the better, will benefit a thousandfold in life. (I'm not so young, and I'm still aglow from reading this!)
Here we see the stops, starts, decent and visionary characters, chiselers, cheats, fights and various chance events that shaped the world's modern financial system, flowing from the Dutch through Manhattan and the nascent USA, and onward. A huge number of dots are connected in the telling.