Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton (Penguin Press, 2004) is the historical biography that business executives should turn to if they wish to learn what leadership is really about. Unique among the historians who write about politics in early America, Chernow has a profound knowledge of management and finance, and this fine book offers business readers a detailed analysis of how a “numbers man” with the greatest … [ Read more ]

The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance

The story of the Morgan family and its banking empire is the story of the most powerful class of financiers ever. In the 19th century, gentleman bankers such as John Pierpont Sr. were austere aristocrats who did business with only the most powerful corporations and individuals, enjoying monopolistic control of the nation’s wealth. Though the legacy persists, these days the family will give a handshake … [ Read more ]