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

May/June 1996

One hundred and eight years of managing a problem that might have been solved at the outset with a single law

May/June 1996

HOW A NATION BORN OUT OF A TAX REVOLT has—and especially hasn’t—solved the problems of taxing its citizens

July/august 1996

Sylvester Graham’s preposterous theories about food and health inadvertently created the American diet-fad industry

September 1996

For a little while Stephen Girard held the future of the United States in his hands. Destiny had chosen the right man.

September 1996

A CENTURY AGO you’d eat steak and lobster when you couldn’t afford chicken. Today it can cost less than the potatoes you serve with. What happened in the years between was an extraordinary marriage of technology and the market.

October 1996

How Peter Cooper managed to make himself deeply rich and deeply beloved at the same time

November 1996

George Selden never built a car himself, but he did manage to secure a patent on every auto manufactured

November 1996

What you owe your car (ending the tyranny of the horse is only the beginning of it)

December 1996

At the age of eleven Roger Tory Peterson had an experience that produced a major hobby and a new industry

February/march 1997

A great and living monument to commerce, engineering, art, and human ingenuity