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.

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February/march 1993

February/march 1993

It opened fifty years ago and changed Broadway forever

July/august 1993

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.

September 1993

A rule of thumb on executives’ salaries: They aren’t overpaid if there’d be no company without them

October 1993

Despite all the recent talk, governments will never be much good at fostering new technologies

October 1993


November 1993

Had the state-granted cartel held up, our history would have been unimaginably different