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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H. T. Webster’s cartoons offer a warm, canny, and utterly accurate view of an era of everyday middle-class life Read >>
He excelled at business and made Macy's highly profitable. But Nathan Straus was even better at giving away his earnings to help people in need. Read >>
Two hundred years ago the United States was a weakling republic prostrate beneath a ruinous national debt. Then Alexander Hamilton worked the miracle of fiscal imagination that made America a healthy young economic giant. How did he do it? Read >>
For a century now it has been a haven to some, an outrage to others—and it is one of the very few social institutions that have survived their founders’ world Read >>
Steamboat competition was about more than speed. Read >>
What happened to all the great nineteenth-century fortunes? Read >>
Why do you need so much money to be rich nowadays? It’s a question that historians and readers of history have always found difficult to answer. Read >>
It wasn’t enough for Woolworth that his monument be grand and useful and beautiful—he wanted it to be profitable too. Read >>
It cannot be measured in dollars alone. It involved a kind of personal power no man of affairs will ever have again. Read >>
In 1820 their daily existence was practically medieval; thirty years later many of them were living the modern life Read >>
It was a bankrupt ruin by the 1660s; nevertheless, the Saugus Ironworks foretold America’s industrial might 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 >>