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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May/June 1998

The flagship Dewey took into Manila Bay still survives, but it needs help

July/August 1998

In a century of technological revolutions, this was perhaps the quietest

September 1998

The son of an Italian immigrant built the largest privately held bank in the world by helping other immigrants

October 1998

The fate of the codfish suggests that collectivism on the ownership level is as destructive as anywhere else

October 1998

The lessons of their success

November 1998

It was a bankrupt ruin by the 1660s; nevertheless, the Saugus Ironworks foretold America’s industrial might

December 1998

When Jerry Seinfeld pockets $250 million for the syndication rights to his show, he should thank the man who loved Lucy

April 1999

His reputation obscures a complex man haunted by tragedy

May/June 1999

The federal government handled it far better than it would later ones