Death of a Banker

Death of a Banker

by Ron Chernow




National Book Award winner Ron Chernow expertly traces the decline of the big bankers and the rise of small investors.

The reader is taken on a fascinating tour of Anglo-American high finance over the past two centuries, with detours into Canadian, German and Japanese finance. As the point of departure for his colourful, panoramic survey, Mr. Chernow poses a historic riddle: Why did the great financial dynasties - the Rothschilds, Barings, Morgans and Warburgs - flare so brilliantly in the 19th and 20th centuries and then enter into a precipitous decline? Why did such heavyweights give way to more anonymous financial conglomerates? And, most curious of all, why have small investors, banded together in mutual funds, suddenly

inherited the financial earth?

The Death of the Banker shows how American reformers mounted a spirited campaign to pry captive companies loose from their traditional bankers and restored competition to financial markets. In a world criss-crossed by capital flows, the banker will never again exercise such spectacular but arbitrary rule over clients.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679308591
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 03/01/1997
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

Ron Chernow is the author of the National Book Award-winning The House of Morgan and The Warburgs. He writes regularly for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.


Brooklyn, NY

Date of Birth:

March 3, 1949

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, NY


Yale University; Cambridge University

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