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When Money Was In Fashion: Henry Goldman, Goldman Sachs, and the Founding of Wall Street

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This epic biography tells the story of the rise of Wall Street and the growth of Goldman Sachs from a small commercial paper company to the international banking business we know today. At its heart is the story of Henry Goldman, a man who spoke out passionately for his beliefs, understood the importance of the bottom line, and was known to chuckle, draw on his cigar, and ...more
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Published April 27th 2010 by St. Martin's Press
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Brian
June Breton Fisher the granddaughter of Henry Goldman, who founded Goldman Sachs, provides an intimate look into the life of her grandfather and the way in which he invented Wall Street. This book contains many fascinating accounts of the early days of Wall Street, the trials of an immigrant, the lifestyle of the new rich class in the post Gilded Age world and a look at how America's financial potential was shaped. There are few books that offer such a close view to how the company was formed an ...more
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Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing family history of Goldman Sachs

The Goldman Sachs colossus straddles the financial world today, but it started as a family business. June Breton Fisher, great-granddaughter of founder Marcus Goldman, draws on information from relatives and her own memories to portray the little-known story of the firm’s founding. Two teenage boys met in a synagogue in Bavaria and throughout marriages, births, deaths, conflict and scandal, they gave life to Goldman Sachs. Whatever you may think of th
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Tress Huntley
Written by the granddaughter of Henry Goldman, one of the original founders of Goldman Sachs. It was a very short and fast read, only 267 pages but a good deal of new historical information packed in. Interesting how the histories of the Goldman and Sachs families overlapped in 19th century Germany and then how the two families intermarried and intertwined professionally in America before their great falling out during World War I. I have never been much of a student of WWI but I learned enough, ...more
Akhil Mehta
This book is invaluable in understanding the basic mettle with which great men (or women) are built. Henry's story is inspirational to say the least, and little snippets of advice he gave to his family is scattered throughout.

Those little snippets alone are many times more than what the book cost. The narration gets a bit clumsy quite often, but the content alone is brilliant.

I will probably read this book again.
Linda
Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enlightening history of Goldman-Sachs. Comments from Henry Goldman's letter to his brother Julius regarding events in Germany prior to WWII (p 150-152)are in such contrast to what has happened recently in Egypt. The power of modern technology.
Kim
Oct 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprisingly easy read about one of the "founding families" of Wall Street. I enjoy the rare glimpse into Henry Goldman and his family. I would have loved the addition of a family tree to keep straight the inter-weavings with the Sachs family.
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