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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday: American Colossus

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 by H.W. Brands

from the publisher:
From bestselling historian H. W. Brands, a sweeping chronicle of how a few wealthy businessmen reshaped America from a land of small farmers and small businessmen into an industrial giant.

The three decades after the Civil War saw a wholesale shift in American life, and the cause was capitalism. Driven by J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and oth­ers like them, armies of men and women were harnessed to a new vision of massive industry. A society rooted in the soil became one based in cities, and legions of immigrants were drawn to American shores.
H. W. Brands’s American Colossus portrays the stunning trans­formation of the landscape and institutions of American life in these years. Brands charts the rise of Wall Street, the growth of a national economy, the building of the railroads, and the first sparks of union life. By 1900, America was wealthier than ever, yet prosperity was precarious, inequality rampant, and democ­racy stretched thin. A populist backlash stirred.

American Colossus is an unforgettable portrait of the years when a recognizably modern America first took shape.

my thoughts:
last year I saw a list of the 100 wealthiest people of all time, with inflation and currency taken into account (it included Cleopatra and Alexander the Great even!) and the decades right after the Civil War in the U.S. was the biggest concentration of wealth on the list. That era and country produced more of the richest people ever, than any other time or place. This book looks to show us why.

Publishing 10/12/10 by

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