|Pages/Publication Date:||848 / 2014|
A century ago, J. Pierpont Morgan bestrode the financial world like a colossus. The organizing force behind General Electric, U.S. Steel, and vast railroad empires, he served for decades as America's unofficial central banker: a few months after he died in 1913, the Federal Reserve replaced the private system he had devised. Yet he has remained a mysterious figure, celebrated as a hero of industrial progress and vilified as a robber baron. A Bancroft Prize winner for her biography of Alice James, Jean Strouse takes an objective look at Morgan and his relationships with his wives, children, associates, and friends. While bringing clarity to the nature of Morgan's complex business dealings, Strouse also explores his career as possibly the greatest art collector of his era.