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Empire of Wealth The Epic History of American Economic Power Throughout time from ancient Rome to modern Britain the great empires built and maintained their domination through force of arms and political power But not the United States America has dominated

  • Title: Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power
  • Author: John Steele Gordon
  • ISBN: 9780060505127
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
  • Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power By John Steele Gordon, Throughout time, from ancient Rome to modern Britain, the great empires built and maintained their domination through force of arms and political power But not the United States America has dominated the world in a new, peaceful, and pervasive way through the continued creation of staggering wealth In this authoritative, engrossing history, John Steele Gordon captureThroughout time, from ancient Rome to modern Britain, the great empires built and maintained their domination through force of arms and political power But not the United States America has dominated the world in a new, peaceful, and pervasive way through the continued creation of staggering wealth In this authoritative, engrossing history, John Steele Gordon captures as never before the true source of our nation s global influence wealth and the capacity to create of it.This P.S edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and .

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    1. If you re looking for a book on the history of American economics, then look no further John Steele Gordon takes two subjects that don t exactly arouse the most excitement in people economics and history and creates an informative, page turning collaboration on United States economic history dating back to colonial times Mr Gordon gives us an insightful look into the economics of the colonial era, how the nation s fiscal structure was established following the Revolutionary War, the effects of t [...]

    2. I only finished half of this book, it was all I could take Not that there aren t some interesting facts in the book, it is just not what I expected To be fair, this book is quite ambitious to attempt to cover 400 years of economic history in as many pages and it does do a good job explaining how technology facilitated economic growth not exactly a great discovery and how Americans have a particular ability to create develop new technologies and methods that allowed economic growth to progress at [...]

    3. A good quick overview of the economic history and development of the United States Beginning with the colonial days and early enterprises to the breaking of the millennium, this easy read introduces the reader to the hows and whys of what made the American economy what it is today Although very optimistic about the history of the stock market and the economy in general, this book at least does give a good argument for an open capitalist and free market system Along with the reader s knowledge of [...]

    4. Excellent writing until the final twenty percent, no appreciable mention of Jack Kennedy and the one line mention of the 9 11 tragedy ended the book Perhaps two books would have been better than one Otherwise a fine story of a bigger than life country.

    5. I really enjoyed the book It was an easy read, though it took me a long time to finish it because of my school obligations The book gave good general overview of how the U.S came to be the hegemon that it had, starting from the colonial time I found it quite gripping the boom and bust periods resonated our current financial situation This included people who had visions and great ideas that pushed the market forward.It wasn t terribly complex, which I didn t think it could be considering the boo [...]

    6. I found this book to be very informative I m really not good with the whole What percentage of what equals what stuff on the stock market But this book really didn t go into that it was very conceptual As such I feel as though I understand the general ideas behind what goes on much than I ever did before If you want to learn about the financial systems of the world without getting lost in exchange rates and whatnot, this is a great book to start with My boyfriend told me that this book would al [...]

    7. Proves economic history can be enjoyable to read in the hands of a talented writer Filled with interesting facts and asides, and insightful about specific industries e.g whale oil and steel The book has a cheerful boosterism about the U.S economic system that is somewhat infectious, even if its largely uncritical support for American exceptionalism is somewhat troubling.In addition, the author s conservatism comes annoyingly to the forefront as the book progresses Page 395, on the late 70s GOP e [...]

    8. In Gordon s own words the writing of financial historye result is often stupefying boring This book is NOT boring It s the financial history of the United States of America, and it contain no statistics, no charts From the Puritans, through our various wars and conflicts, and up till today, this is the fascinating, easily to read tale of how this country came to be what it is Money, greed, guts and incredible adventure and inventions shaped the USA and its people into what we experience today Al [...]

    9. This books tells the history of the American economy from the time of the first settlers before this was the United States until 9 11 It s a very fair telling, as far as I know, without political bias Technological advances, improvements in productivity, wars, world events, and the beginning of US currency and banking systems are all discussed There are some great trivial facts mentioned such as that the creation of US time zones was to simplify railroad schedules and that the first use of the t [...]

    10. The historic part of the book was pretty good, but when it came to the last 50 years his analysis was clearly partisan to his belief in conservative supply side economics When raving about the great business success of Wal Mart he never once mentions the poorly paid workers And from Reagan onward the rise if income inequality is never discussed I did find it interesting what an important role transportation played in economic growth canals, roads, and eventually railroads, made the market econom [...]

    11. In the begining there was the quakers, the english, the french, dutch, Portuguese, indians and Then all of them motherfuckers got eliminated by few families The end.

    12. This is among the most enjoyable books I have ever read It is a large story, told in a compelling series of smaller stories, about how a nation of people s liberty happened to create a shared wealth greater than that of any government of central control that ever came before it When the English of the seventeenth century called the land across the Atlantic a New World, they could not have imagined how true would be the description John Steele Gordon shows us how economic ingenuity led to prosper [...]

    13. I often think that history focuses too much on politics and government Sometimes you read about history and what you get are a list of emperors, kings, presidents, and wars but how much of that actually impacts the life of the average person in a meaningful way Seeking something with a different perspective I bought A People s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, but that aggrieved socialist take on history wasn t really what I was looking for Ironically I found it in the book Empire of [...]

    14. In the past months, I had finished two books that were explicitly about the future s marketing machine then offered this book to me, and I clicked Very glad I did This book was about the past, but implicitly casts a very favorable projection for the future of America Here is just one of many themes woven into the book the damage that Thomas Jefferson did to the United States I took from the book that sophistication in banking, in particular central banking, always lagged technical prowess in Ame [...]

    15. Fantastic walk though of the US economical historyWhile it took me longer than it should have to read, the book provides a wonderful source of education of how the US rose to power It s filled with numerous, fascinating facts as well A great read.

    16. Great bookGood balance of story telling, presenting the facts, and providing context Look forward to reading other books by him Enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

    17. An Empire of Wealth is a comprehensive but highly readable economic history of the United States from the colonial era through 2001 Its highlight is the penetrating yet balanced and fair analysis of the effects of government policies over that period of time both successes and failures.It s too bad the book couldn t cover the last eleven years We ve had the bursting of the real estate bubble created by the federal government s inane subsidizing of home ownership through the tax code and such mis [...]

    18. Gordon takes his readers on a whirlwind tour of American economic history, from the very first tobacco farmer of Virginia to the dawn of the Digital Age There is simply too much to capture in one review Some might argue Gordon actually skips over a lot, and fails to provide in text citations, but as an overview for someone with little economic perspective, it was a great introduction The Constitution, the cotton gin, the Erie Canal, the steamboat, the telegraph, the railroad, the automobile and [...]

    19. The I read about America s history, the I despise the myth of America that a few great, wise men bestowed freedom on some poor, tyrannized colonists That s bullshit We made this country You and me Our ancestors The family that arrived last week, even yesterday Immigrants all We, The People One brick, one board, one nail, one sail, one rail, one trail, one dream at a time We do not have opportunity because we re free, we re free because we have opportunity This book shows why this is true This [...]

    20. As a one volume economic history of the United States, it is amazing While there are a few areas I wish he explored in greater depth the New Deal, the development of arcane financial products and some areas where he could use greater clarity the post greenback standardization of currency, the bailiwick of the Federal Reserve Board , the breadth of the book than makes up for its faults Of particular genius is his discussion of the early colonial economy, and the pervasive theme of technological [...]

    21. Slowly rereading this one It s interesting since I have read a lot US history since I first read this, and I enjoy reading the reviews below of people who have very different takes on this one than me This does rush sometimes, but the overall thesis of innovation and the spread of economic prosperity is very persuasive I read Gordon s other book, Hamilton s Blessing to get further info on his opinions on taxes, debt, the central bank, and economics in general These two books have shaped a lot f [...]

    22. I used this book in my economic history book It doesn t have all the graphs and econometrics that some text books have, but it reads so much better It is also a lot cheaper than a text book By using this as the main text, I was able to have the students read several other trade publications Students could read the other books Chernow s Alexander Hamilton, Hummel s Enslaving Freemen, and Rothbard s America s Great Depression becaus they had all the information quickly and were able to go on to c [...]

    23. I hated this book so much I had to read it for APUSH which is the worst class I have ever taken I tried so hard to read this book I opened it every day and tried to get a little farther, and every single time I would read the same sentence over and over and over and not even notice I think you could only really enjoy this book if you can enter a state of pure mental numbness which can not be penetrated by human emotions like love and excitement This book is waiting for me with the devil in a pit [...]

    24. While doing a good job explaining the development of the American economy up until the mid 19th century, he gets sloppy after that From the second world war it gets just irritating Spending lots of time explaining things like how the computer has developed during the last 50 years is nothing but sidetracking when you write as good as nothing about how and why the Asians have influenced the economy among other things.

    25. A good book Contains a lot of information about American economy since its birth It talks about major economic and political events that transformed the American economy The narration style was good as well A couple of things that I dint like about the book Sometimes it covers a lot of things and it becomes difficult to keep track Secondly, it doesn t cover some major economic events in enough detail Overall, a good book to understand the evolution of the American economy.

    26. Well written, interesting U.S economic history Worth reading for the history, but beware the slant he s obviously a monetarist with a strong bias towards the Anglo liberal economic model Lots of emphasis on individuals as the key actors Carnegie, Rockefellar, Mellon, etc who shaped America, rather than ideas, community, society, etc Also, the last chapter is rushed, politically slanted, and ends abruptly.

    27. A review of the big breakthroughs and milestones in the US economy from independence to post WWII Focus on people and events rather than numbers and dates.Liked Story telling aspect of economic history, livened up a dry subject that could have just been graphs and numbers Disliked Author s bias shown through just a little too much, perhaps should be read with some Zinn for balance

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