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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Had the state-granted cartel held up, our history would have been unimaginably different Read >>
A nineteenth-century blueprint for the savings-and-loan scandal Read >>
It opened fifty years ago and changed Broadway forever Read >>
We owe the greatest infrastructure project in the history of the world to the fact that in 1919 a young U.S. Army captain named Eisenhower was bored. Read >>
Foreign trade—import and export alike—has been indispensable in building America from the very start, and many of our worst economic troubles have arisen when that trade wasn’t free enough. A historic overview. Read >>
A rule of thumb on executives’ salaries: They aren’t overpaid if there’d be no company without them Read >>
Despite all the recent talk, governments will never be much good at fostering new technologies Read >>
THE PICTURE IS MORE HEARTENING THAN ALL THE LITTLE ONES Read >>
As modern medicine has grown ever more powerful, our ways of providing it and paying for it have gotten ever more wasteful, unaffordable, and unfair. An explanation and a possible first step toward a solution. Read >>
Seventy-five years ago this spring a very different America waded into the seminal catastrophe of the twentieth century. World War I did more than kill millions of people; it destroyed the West’s faith in the very institutions that had made it the hope and envy of the world. Read >>
At its roots lie fundamental tensions that have bedeviled American banking since the nation began Read >>
As long as there have been bankers and brokers, there have been people asking what would happen if they had to earn an honest living Read >>
H. T. Webster’s cartoons offer a warm, canny, and utterly accurate view of an era of everyday middle-class life 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 >>