Jeff M.'s Reviews > The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War Over the American Dollar

The Money Men by H.W. Brands
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Sep 02, 08

Read in September, 2008

This was a really fascinating book. It discussed in detail the history of monetary policy in the United States up to the founding of the Federal Reserve. It was interesting to read a book that looks primarily at what is only mentioned in passing in most history books: the struggle over control of American money. Alexander Hamilton, Nicholas Biddle, Jay Cooke, Jay Gould, and JP Morgan all feature prominently in this book. It's a great read for any student of US history because so many issues throughout our history were monetary, not just political. The Federalists vs. Republicans, the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the economic might of the Union during the Civil War, and the "Free Silver" movement of William Jennings Bryan are all issues that can't be properly understood without a look at monetary policy. Yet this book was very readable for even a layman.
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