Morgan: American Financier

Based on extensive research in newly opened archives, Morgan: American Financier, Jean Strouse’s portrait of J. P. Morgan, shows a man who helped transform the United States into an industrial nation, and amassed an extraordinary collection of books and art in the process. Morgan emerges as a man who was critical in reorganizing bankrupt railroads, attracting gold and investment to the United States, and building a financial empire, but who, at his death in 1913, was one of the most vilified men of the Gilded Age. An independent historian, Jean Strouse won the 1980 Bancroft Prize for her biography Alice James.