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James Grant, a widely read author and media figure, is the founder and editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer. He also writes for The Wall Street Journal and other major media and appears on "60 Minutes" and other television shows.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Review Of the History And Time Of Bernard Baruch April 20 2014
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This book provides one excellent coverage of US and stock market history during the active time of Bernard Baruch (approximately 1890 - 1960) and how he was able to deal with the changing political winds of his lifetime and still stay wealthy enough to live independently and as he wished.
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Good skimpy book April 21 2015
By Gregory Koster - Published on
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James Grant tries a novel approach to Baruch, showing us in some detail how Baruch made his money. This approach works well up to about 1930, but fades after that. The approach isn’t adequate to face the second great period of Baruch’s influence: the Second World War and the give years after that (the first great period was his work for Woodrow Wilson in World War I and at Paris working on the Versailles Treaty. ) Grant opens the book with a quip attributed to Dorothy Parker: “Two things confuse me: the theory of the zipper and the exact function of Bernard Baruch.” Grant’s book still doesn’t explain Baruch’s exact function. Part of it is Baruch’s long life. As Herbert Hoover proved, if you can outlive the bastards who assail you, your reputation will recover. Baruch’s cultivation of the right journalists didn’t hurt either; he didn’t need to buy or found publications to be influential. But neither did he have great visible impact. The best that can be said of his work on the home front in World War I was that he kept a terrible situation form getting worse. His work on control of atomic weapons fizzled. His best work was getting the right people in the right place in world War II on the home front. Grant does a fine job on Baruch the trader and speculator, but nit would have been well worth his time to have shown us if Baruch was unduly upset by the prejudices of Anglo-Saxon Wall Street, i.e. Morgan and Co. For example, did Morgan call on Baruch for help in the 1907 panic? Or was Baruch held at arm’s length, on the theory that the Gentiles could handle this? Despite these failings, the book is well worth reading, once.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
the great depression, and WW2 May 16 2015
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Baruch was more than a wall street wizard...a confidant to presidents advisor to
world leaders served in various cabinet and committee positions. The book also
depicted Mr.Baruch's tremendous insight with regard to the political and economical aspects leading up to WW1, the great depression,and WW2.

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good biography Sept. 22 2013
By Paul A. Myers - Published on
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A good portrayal of the rise of one of America's premier stock market investors and how he turned that into far-reaching public influence during the rise of modern finance capitalism and its Washington connections in early 20th century.
Five Stars Feb. 11 2015
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Jim Grant has his own shelf in my library.Enough said.