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

April 1995

Timing is everything in music—and in business. Jerome Kern demonstrated this twin truth in the most impressive way.

May/June 1995

Not only are the good ones surpassingly rare, two of the best are outright fakes

July/August 1995

Why Americans should mourn the death of a British financial institution

September 1995

When private enterprise served the public good on the high seas—and made its promoters a bundle

October 1995

It meant that the government should run the telephone system. And there’s a reason the word is forgotten.

November 1995

Something he noticed in its showrooms kept the car from going the way of the Duesenberg and the Marmon

November 1995

And how it grew, and grew, and grew…

December 1995

How two bold sisters set up a business in the very citadel of masculine prerogative: 1870s Wall Street

February/March 1996

For sheer drama, William Durant’s career eclipses even Henry Ford’s

April 1996

The man who showed Warren Buffett—and thousands of others—how to get rich