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  • Paperback: 475 pages
  • Publisher: Axios Press (Sept. 16 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604190663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604190663
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
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About the Author

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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good skimpy book April 21 2015
By Gregory Koster - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
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.
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.

A Founding Father of the U.S. Military Industrialist Complex Sept. 10 2015
By Will Harvey - Published on
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As head of the War Industries Board during WWI Baruch was a key player in America's armament production and more importantly the money man behind the development of the Frasch process that turned the Louisiana and Texas world's largest sulfur deposit into gunpowder. Remembering that George Herbert Walker Bush's grandfather, Samuel Prescott Bush, was in charge of small arms procurement during WWI alongside Herman Frasch and Bernard Baruch whose Wall Street money methods have been likened to those of Gerald M. Loeb, goes a long way to inform the dutiful homage-like visit paid after WWII to Bernard Baruch by both Eisenhower and Churchill....both at the same time! The sulfur dome that the Frasch process exploited found its biggest corporate developer Freeport-McMoRan on whose board was longtime director, Henry Kissinger at whose Kissinger Associates was employed the Iraq Provisional Governments Ambassador L. Paul Bremer. Add to this fact that the founder of Caterpillar tractor company, Benjamin Holt, had weaponized the farm tractor that became tanks while J. Howard Marshall, the Yale Law Review Editor and Connecticut/Texan who married Anna Nicole Smith was in charge of WWII oil procurement then head of Union Texas Petroleum which sold to British Petroleum and you begin to see just how Texas and Wall Street were hooked at the hip through Baruch. This beating of plowshares into weapons is what prompted Eisenhower to take a swat at the military industrialist complex that had served him so well during the war, but which he had seen take on a altogether different character after the war with the 1947 passing of the legislation that set in place the increasingly fascist U.S. intelligence apparatus. This book needs to be read alongside Edwin Black's The Transfer Agreement and his book War Against the Weak, Anthony Sutton's The Best Enemy Money Can Buy....especially when you consider that the patent rights on the tank tracks used in both WWI and WWII were receiving royalties from both Allied and Axis powers. Oh yes, and given that his fortunes were tied to sulfur in Texas with its other source being as a by-product of oil, read Baruch's book alongside Dale Harrington's book Mystery Man: William Rhodes Davis: Nazi Agent of Influence the 1999 book that traces Hitler's oil man in Texas.

Baruch covers in chapters seven through fourteen of his book, My Own Story, his investment philosophy that bears a striking similarity to Gerald M. Loeb's rules for speculating found in his book "The Battle for Investment Strategy". Grant's biography does not mention the relationship of the Jewish brethren Loeb to Baruch.

Considering that at the center of the Texas sulfur dome sits Houston, Texas with its petrochemical production and we see just why the purchase of the Houston Gulf Manor Airport by Muslim Salem Bin Laden (who conveniently died in an inexplicable ultra-light crash in Cibolo, Texas in 1988) and James R. Bath, GWB's Air National Guard roommate with money provided by the Saudi royal banker, Khalid Bin Mahfouz, was not a good idea and perhaps why it was razed after 911, well after the FinCEN investigation into U.S./Saudi influence peddling was halted during the 1992 presidential election.

This repository of yellow gold, of sulfur, the commodity that made the Spanish Conquistador's conquest of Mexico possible, underscores the value of the product for war. If Vernon Loeb, the Washington Post editor responsible for the exaggerated stories of the death of Pat Tillman and the rescue of Jessica Lynch and co-author with Paula Broadwell of the book All In: The Education of General David Petraeus is now the managing editor of the Houston Chronicle because of a family relationship to Gerald Loeb? Holy cow! Is he a firewaller sitting on the sulfur pile? We might ask the same thing of the arrival of Michael Bromwich the government prosecutor in the Iran-Contra scandal who arrived in Houston to oversee the investigation into the corruption at the Medical Examiner's offices before going on to oversee the Blue Water Horizon investigation of the BP platform that was purchased in its acquisition of John Howard Marshall's Texas oil company. A new book on the relationship of Gerald Loeb to Bernard Baruch and both to Vernon Loeb might be a real barn burner when one considers that the Tillman and Lynch stories had all the earmarks of building consent for the racket of war thus fleshing out a clear picture of what Eisenhower warned against in his departing speech. Oh, if BB could tell us more and answer the burning question "has the arsenal of freedom" become the "arsenic of freedom"?
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.