The Last Partnerships: Inside the Great Wall Street Dynasties

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They laid the foundations of American finance and defined the American brand of capitalism. They bankrolled wars, were the impetus behind the building of the first transcontinental railroad system, and fueled a fledgling nation’s grandiose dreams of empire. S&M Allen, J. P. Morgan & Co., Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers...they were the great Wall Street partnerships, and for well over a century, through a combination of financial genius, political chicanery, and the audacity of Caesars, they wielded unprecedented influence over the business, financial, and political landscapes of a nation. The Last Partnerships combines rigorous scholarship with journalism at its best to present a panoramic history of the rise and fall of the great financial houses—from the “Yankee Bankers,” at the turn of the 19th century, up to Goldman Sachs’ historic IPO in 1999—tracing their origins, their successes and failures over the years, and the reasons for their ultimate demise. The Last Partnerships is must-reading for history buffs and everyone interested in the world of finance behind the business-page headlines.

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The First Behind-the-Scenes Account of the Rise and Fall of Wall Street's Family Financial Empires

Morgan Stanley ... Goldman Sachs ... Kidder Peabody ... Lehman Brothers ... These firms lay America's financial foundations and fueled her grandiose dreams. Through a combination of financial genius, political muscle, and old-world tenacity, these Wall Street partnerships wielded unprecedented influence over the landscape of 19th and 20th century America. With rigorous scholarship and fascinating stories, The Last Partnerships relives the formative years of American finance and reveals an account both global in its scope and distinctly human in its character.

"Geisst's chronicle of runaway greed and phenomenal success provides a captivating and unique picture of the secret deals, monumental transactions, colorful characters, earth-shaking plummets and exuberant highs of the most famous street in the world."--Accounting Today

"Geisst's comprehensive history of Wall Street qualifies as a major reference work on the subject."--Fort-Worth Star Telegram

"The Last Partnerships is ... an enormously enjoyable read."--United Press International

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Charles R. Geisst, professor of finance at Manhattan College, is the author of ten books including Wall Street: A History (1997) which was a New York Times Business Bestseller, selection of the History Book Club and the Book of the Month Club, and on the Canadian Business Bestseller list. In addition, Mr. Geisst is being considered as a featured expert on the subject of Wall Street for a television documentary currently being developed by Peter Guber (Columbia Studios). One of his other recent books, Investment Banking in the Financial System (Prentice Hall, 1995) was recently published in Beijing in a Chinese language edition. Geisst has been a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg Television, and Nippon TV.

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