John Steele Gordon

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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

July/August 1999

Statistics help us comprehend the world—sometimes

September 1999

She was the great financier’s librarian—and a good deal more

October 1999

Like so much else, they’re a product of the Industrial Revolution

November 1999

How does one distill the millions of stories that are the history of Wall Street into a single book?

February/March 2000

It took until late last year to undo the damage Congress wreaked on the banking system in the 1930s

April 2000

How a forgotten congressman’s crusade helped bring about the incredible growth of the Internet and much else besides

May/June 2000

When politicians make business decisions on a heroic scale, heroically scaled calamities often result

May/June 2000

July/August 2000

A 150-year-old invention keeps on remaking the world

September 2000

The game that has sold 200 million sets was born to teach its players about the evils of capitalism