John Steele Gordon

John Steele Gordon has been a frequent contributor to American Heritage and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author most recently of An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power (HarperCollins 2004). Gordon's writing concentrates on business and financial history, and his 1999 book, The Great Game: The Emergence of Wall Street as a World Power, 1653-2000, was adapted into a two-hour CNBC special. Gordon's writing has also been published in the Washington Post's Book World, Outlook, Forbes, and The New York Times.

Articles by this Contributor

The country’s financial hub has a long history of lying, cheating, and stealing Read >>
Banker J. P. Morgan rescued the dollar and bailed out the nation Read >>
How a debt-ridden banana republic became the greatest economic engine the world has ever known Read >>
It was a disaster from the beginning Read >>
. . . was a lot bigger than yours. Here’s why you should care. Read >>
A Fortune in Other People’s Back Yards Read >>
The New York Stock Exchange plans to modernize by merging with a new competitor—just as it did in 1869 Read >>
We gave the baby boomers plenty of room to play in Read >>
The problem is as old as the industry itself Read >>
Alexander Hamilton conceived an America that encouraged huge successes like his own Read >>
Cyrus McCormick and the problem with agriculture Read >>
Looking At The Big Picture Read >>
After one Ford changed America, another accomplished something almost as amazing Read >>
WHAT DIGITAL CAMERA MAKERS CAN LEARN FROM GEORGE EASTMAN Read >>
A Long-ago Calamity May Shed Light on a Current Impasse Read >>
WHY THE BOSS MUST HAVE A BOSS BY JOHN STEELE GORDON Read >>
James Gordon Bennett was the forefather of the people inventing Internet news Read >>
And how history shows it’s actually good for us Read >>
WALT DISNEY GAVE US DONALD DUCK, BUT ANOTHER MAN GAVE HIM HIS CHARACTER—AND HIS FAMILY Read >>
OLDSMOBILE, GONE AFTER 107 YEARS Read >>
A century and a half of the U.S. economy, from the railroad revolution to the information revolution. Read >>
A CENTURY AND A HALF E U.S. ECONOMY, FRO RAILROAD REVOLUTION Read >>
WE ALL LIVE BY WHAT HAPPENED ON NOVEMBER 18, 1883 Read >>
THE CRACKPOT IDEA THAT LED TO SOCIAL SECURITY Read >>
It took until late last year to undo the damage Congress wreaked on the banking system in the 1930s Read >>

"Web only stories" by this contributor

Thirty years ago this week, rumors began circulating about the supposed extramarital affairs of Sen. Gary Hart, the leading candidate for the 1988 Democratic nomination for President. In response, Hart challenged the media. He told The New York Times in an interview published on May 3, 1987, that… Read more >>