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.

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How a forgotten congressman’s crusade helped bring about the incredible growth of the Internet and much else besides Read >>
When politicians make business decisions on a heroic scale, heroically scaled calamities often result Read >>
A 150-year-old invention keeps on remaking the world Read >>
The game that has sold 200 million sets was born to teach its players about the evils of capitalism Read >>
It changed the course of capital punishment in America Read >>
A couple of big mistakes in developing our own SST turned out to save us from commercial disaster Read >>
A NEW BIOGRAPHY RESCUES A GREAT INNOVATOR FROM THE SHADOW OF CITIZEN KANE Read >>
His reputation obscures a complex man haunted by tragedy Read >>
The federal government handled it far better than it would later ones Read >>
Statistics help us comprehend the world—sometimes Read >>
She was the great financier’s librarian—and a good deal more Read >>
Like so much else, they’re a product of the Industrial Revolution Read >>
How does one distill the millions of stories that are the history of Wall Street into a single book? Read >>
When Jerry Seinfeld pockets $250 million for the syndication rights to his show, he should thank the man who loved Lucy Read >>
The rush for treasure in the West is more than part of a picturesque past; it has profoundly shaped our present Read >>
When Irma Rombauer finally found a publisher for her famous cookbook, her troubles began in earnest Read >>
In theory it works fine; in practice it has often made situations much worse Read >>
The flagship Dewey took into Manila Bay still survives, but it needs help Read >>
In a century of technological revolutions, this was perhaps the quietest Read >>
The son of an Italian immigrant built the largest privately held bank in the world by helping other immigrants Read >>
The fate of the codfish suggests that collectivism on the ownership level is as destructive as anywhere else Read >>
The lessons of their success Read >>
A great and living monument to commerce, engineering, art, and human ingenuity Read >>
AT&T protected its interests with the fiercest vigilance—and thereby helped bring itself down Read >>
The author’s desk connects him with a businessman forebear, the Indian wars, and Old Hickory Read >>
Sometimes making a lot of money is a snap. And sometimes it’s a snare. Read >>
The most glamorous business of the industrial era almost always lost money. But nobody paid a steeper price than Edward Knight Collins. Read >>

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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 >>