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Deals of the Century

Wall Street, Mergers, and the Making of Modern America


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Deals of the Century by Charles R Geisst
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An exciting portrait of one of the most dynamic times in financial history Consolidation, restructuring, and megadeals. These are the business events that have left an indelible impression on the worlds of finance and industry, as well as shaped the America we live in today. The deals made over the past century irrevocably changed employment patterns, created new industries, and gave rise to the modern American way of life. Deals of the Century captures this dynamic moment in history by taking an in-depth look at the most notable mergers of the twentieth century-and the role Wall Street played in each of them. This book skillfully illustrates how these deals changed the face of American life and created a modern American capitalist society that continues to grow. Beginning with J. P. Morgan's acquisition of Carnegie Steel in 1901 to form U.S. Steel, author Charles Geisst traces the deals that had the most dramatic impact on the worlds of both finance and industry over the past century. Decade by decade, readers will be introduced to the personalities behind each event, and the ultimate outcome of their ventures. Deals of the Century closes the door on this extraordinary time in financial history by discussing the merger of J. P. Morgan & Co. and Chase Manhattan. Charles Geisst (Oradell, NJ) is the author of thirteen books, including Wheels of Fortune (0-471-21222-9) and the bestseller Wall Street: A History. Geisst has taught political science at the City University of New York, worked in banking and finance on Wall Street and in London as well as having consulted. His articles have been published in the International Herald Tribune, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Newsday, and Euromoney. Since 1985 he has taught finance at Manhattan College where he is presently a professor of finance.

Author Biography

Charles Geisst is the author of thirteen books, including The Last Partnerships: Inside the Great Wall Street Money Dynasties (McGraw Hill, 2001), Monopolies in America: Empire Builders and Their Enemies from Jay Gould to Bill Gates (Oxford University Press, 2000), 100 Years of Wall Street (an illustrated history, McGraw-Hill, 1999), and Wall Street: A History (Oxford University Press, 1997). Wall Street: A History was widely reviewed and was on the New York Times Business Bestseller List for three months and was a selection of the History Book Club and the Book of the Month Club International. From 1972-75, Geisst taught political science in an open admissions environment in the City University of New York before taking a job on Wall Street. Subsequently, he worked as a capital markets analyst and investment banker at several investment banks in the City of London. Since 1985 he has taught finance at Manhattan College where he is presently a professor of finance. He was named the college's first Louis F. Capalbo Chair in Business in 1993. Consulting assignments in financial markets have been with Cazenove & Co., S.G. Warburg & Co., the Hudson Institute, and J.P. Morgan & Co. Listed in Who's Who and a frequent participant in Renaissance Weekend, he has published professional and trade articles in magazines and journals such as the International Herald Tribune, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Newsday and Euromoney.
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August 23rd, 2005
Country of Publication
United States
John Wiley & Sons Inc
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