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Wall Street: A History : From Its Beginnings to the Fall of Enron

ISBN: 0195115120

Language: English

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Wall Street: A History : From Its Beginnings to the Fall of Enron


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The comprehensive Wall Street: A History, by Manhattan College finance professor Charles Geisst, is a meticulous examination of the economic cycles, legendary financiers, and monumental transactions that have shaped the fiscal structure of the United States. The sweeping tale ranges from Revolutionary War days to the California Gold Rush, from the Civil War to the Depression, and from the great 1950s bull market to the ongoing 1990s boom. Geisst's narrative is pinned to the relationship between finance and government, and tracks the latter's increasing involvement in the former to show where matters stand today.

Customer Reviews of Wall Street: A History : From Its Beginnings to the Fall of Enron

A very good financial history Book

This book gives good insight about the history of the most famous street in america. A must have book for any business person or student

Good overview of Wall Street

Mark Twain said that history doesnt repeat itself but it does rhyme. Read this book and learn about the past market panics and irrational exuberances. The early history is kind of dry but things get pretty interesting once you break into the 20th century. What stands out although it is not surprising is how the public makes the same mistakes over and over again. I guess one can only describe it as the extraordinary delusion of crowds.

Probably the best on the topic

I have been reading books by Geisst since I was an undergraduate at Syracuse. Unlike many other authors writing about the topic, he is the only one I know who knows finance inside out. Many writers on American history know little about the market & Wall Street. I read other books and find no mention of primary markets, only the stock exchanges.In this book, he tracks both and correctly so. That alone shows the comprehensiveness of his approach. This is a great history of Wall Street by a finance person. In the early 1980's I used a book of his as an undergradutae text. Now I find a history book. Not many other authors can claim that breath. This is a must.

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I am the translator of your "Investment Banking in the Financial System" Chinese Edition.Hope to contact with you directly.

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Best Regards. Guo Hao

Would you believe it all started under a tree?

Traders met under a tree in the beginning to trade securities, that's about it. Later, the securities were being traded on the "curb", then indoors, and eventually it became the global market that we know today. You will learn about the progress of the market, the booms, the busts, the market "breaks" and the recessions and depressions that followed.

This book is a complete history of investing in the US: Interested in the history of trading? Interested in the history of corporate debt (short-term securities, bonds, etc.)? Interested in how the US was funded to become the World power it is today? Interested in issues like program trading and market volatility? This book discusses all of these and many more, including the people, thinking, and developments that have made the market what it is today.

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