Duncan Gray

Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (19 of 25)
Location: York, England


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The Price of Civilization: Economics and Ethics Af&hellip by Jeffrey Sachs
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4.0 out of 5 stars It will never happen., 11 Mar 2012
Jeffrey Sachs is a macro economist who not only sees the big picture clearly, he writes about it in clear, elegant and easy to read terms. The economic decline of the United Sates started with Ronald Regan in 1980, and has been promoted by every President since. Sachs pilots the reader through the complex socio-economic and political events that led the US and other high income economies to the deepest recession since the Great Depression. Unrelenting greed and the pursuit of wealth have led to the biggest wealth gap in history, and the riches bestowed on the few have been at the expense of many. The first half of this book makes fascinating reading of how successive Governments have sleep… Read more
The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefel&hellip by Charles Morris
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This is not a definitive work on the four Tycoons headlined on the cover, but it is an interesting social history of America either side of the start of the twentieth century. The three industrialists play a significant part in that history, but so do many others that are not featured. The author clearly considered that the story of American industrial development could not be told without mentioning Pierpont Morgan but didn't seem to be clear on what part he should credited with. On the other hand Henry Ford and many others get no more than a passing mention. The story is nonetheless well worth reading. Well two thirds of it is. The last part, when the Tycoons have been retired, loses its… Read more
The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty a&hellip by Ron Chernow
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Anyone who has read an account of the 2008 banking crisis will have come across references to J Pierpont Morgan, and the venerable bank that bears his name. Ron Chernow dedicated a huge amount of time to researching this book and had un-paralleled access to records and papers, much of which was donated by the early partners to their alma mater. The book is an objective, often unflattering, history of the development of three great banks, and of modern banking itself. It is easy to think that bankers making huge amounts of money, and being universally despised, is a modern phenomenon, but that is not the case. Modern bankers are quite modest compared with their rich predecessors, who were… Read more