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All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power [Kindle Edition]

Nomi Prins

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"All the Presidents' Bankers spins an enormous amount of research into a coherent, readable narrative. Even her frequent kvetches about the lifestyles of rich and famous bankers are entertaining...There is always room for criticism, and Ms. Prins does it rather well. Banking was her first career before taking up journalism. She can talk the talk and is knowledgeable about the many points where banking and public policy intersect...Give her credit... for seeing through the facade of Dodd-Frank into the danger of another meltdown that lurks in our day of quasi-nationalized banking."--George Melloan, Wall Street Journal "Prins divides her justifiably long text into digestible one- to three-page segments and seamlessly incorporates dozens of prominent banker profiles. Her work is highly recommended both to general readers and to students of financial history."--Library Journal "A revealing look at the often symbiotic, sometimes-adversarial relationship between the White House and Wall Street... [A] sweeping history of bank presidents and their relationships with the nation's chief executives"--Kirkus Reviews "The relationship between Washington and Wall Street isn't really a revolving door. Its a merry-go-round. And, as Prins shows, the merriest of all are the bankers and financiers that get rich off the relationship, using their public offices and access to build private wealth and power. Disturbing and important." --Robert B. Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley "Nomi Prins follows the money. She used to work on Wall Street. And now she has written a seminal history of America's bankers and their symbiotic relationship with all the presidents from Teddy Roosevelt through Barack Obama. It is an astonishing tale. All the Presidents' Bankers relies on the presidential archives to reveal how power works in this American democracy. Prins writes in the tradition of C. Wright Mills, Richard Rovere and William Greider. Her book is a stunning contribution to the history of the American Establishment." --Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and author of The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames "Nomi Prins takes us on a brisk, panoramic, and eye-opening tour of more than a century's interplay between America's government and its major banks -- exposing the remarkable dominance of six major banks, and for most of the period, the same families, over U.S. financial policy." --Charles R. Morris, author of The Trillion Dollar Meltdown "Nomi Prins has written a big book you just wish was bigger: page after page of killer stories of bank robbers who've owned the banks--and owned the White House. Prins is a born story-teller. She turns the history of the moneyed class into a breathless, page-turning romance--the tawdry affairs of bankers and the presidents who love them. It's brilliant inside stuff on unforgettable, and unforgivable, scoundrels." --Greg Palast, Investigative reporter for BBC Television and author of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits "In this riveting, definitive history, Nomi Prins reveals how US policy has been largely dominated by a circle of the same banking and political dynasties. For more than a century, Presidents often acquiesced or participated as bankers subverted democracy, neglected the public interest, and stole power from the American people." --Paul Craig Roberts, former Wall Street Journal editor and Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury "Nomi Prins has done it again -- this time with a must read, a gripping, historical story on the first corporate staters -- the handful of powerful bankers and their decisive influence over the White House and the Treasury Department from the inside and from the outside to the detriment of the people. All the Presidents' Bankers speaks to the raw truth today of what Louis D. Brandeis said a hundred years ago: 'We must break the Money Trust or the Money Trust will break us.'" --Ralph Nader "Money has been the common denominator in American politics for the last 115 years, as Nomi Prins admirably points out. All the Presidents' Bankers is an excellent survey of how money influences power and comes dangerously close to threatening democracy." --Charles Geisst, author of Wall Street: A History "All the Presidents' Bankers is gracefully written, carefully researched, and accessible. It is a must read for anyone concerned with politics and economics -- in other words, just about everybody." --Thomas Ferguson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute


Who rules America?

All the Presidents’ Bankers is a groundbreaking narrative of how an elite group of men transformed the American economy and government, dictated foreign and domestic policy, and shaped world history.

Culled from original presidential archival documents, All the Presidents’ Bankers delivers an explosive account of the hundred-year interdependence between the White House and Wall Street that transcends a simple analysis of money driving politics—or greed driving bankers.

Prins ushers us into the intimate world of exclusive clubs, vacation spots, and Ivy League universities that binds presidents and financiers. She unravels the multi-generational blood, intermarriage, and protégé relationships that have confined national influence to a privileged cluster of people. These families and individuals recycle their power through elected office and private channels in Washington, DC.

All the Presidents’ Bankers sheds new light on pivotal historic events—such as why, after the Panic of 1907, America’s dominant bankers convened to fashion the Federal Reserve System; how J. P. Morgan’s ambitions motivated President Wilson during World War I; how Chase and National City Bank chairmen worked secretly with President Roosevelt to rescue capitalism during the Great Depression while J.P. Morgan Jr. invited Roosevelt’s son yachting; and how American financiers collaborated with President Truman to construct the World Bank and IMF after World War II.

Prins divulges how, through the Cold War and Vietnam era, presidents and bankers pushed America’s superpower status and expansion abroad, while promoting broadly democratic values and social welfare at home. But from the 1970s, Wall Street’s rush to secure Middle East oil profits altered the nature of political-financial alliances. Bankers’ profit motive trumped heritage and allegiance to public service, while presidents lost control over the economy—as was dramatically evident in the financial crisis of 2008.

This unprecedented history of American power illuminates how the same financiers retained their authoritative position through history, swaying presidents regardless of party affiliation. All the Presidents’ Bankers explores the alarming global repercussions of a system lacking barriers between public office and private power. Prins leaves us with an ominous choice: either we break the alliances of the power elite, or they will break us.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1183 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 546 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 156858749X
  • Verlag: Nation Books (8. April 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Essential reading on the deep, dark history of crony capitalism in America 29. März 2014
Von John Butler - Veröffentlicht auf
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Nomi Prins has done it again. With All the Presidents' Bankers, she shows in exhaustive detail how Wall Street has captured the US political and regulatory process: Left, Right, Up, Down, Sideways. Indeed, as she demonstrates convincingly in the book, the entire left-right paradigm of modern US politics is completely irrelevant to a proper understanding of what really goes on in the long, dark tunnels of power linking Wall Street in New York with K Street in Washington, and their deleterious impact on what some still purport to call 'democracy'. In this regard her book is written in the hard-hitting, anti-establishment traditions of such monumental works as 'Wall Street and American Foreign Policy' by Murray Rothbard and the more recent 'The Great Deformation' by David Stockman.
One particularly revealing aspect of Prins' forensic financial and political power investigation is the 'family tree' of the alliances she uncovers and exposes, many branches of which are cemented by marriage. While similar nefarious associations are no doubt as old as organized corporations and government generally, there has been a dramatic increase in their power and scope since the early progressive era in US history, where Prins sources many of the historical threads she weaves into a vast tapestry of questionable influences on powerful politicians, compelling circumstantial evidence of corruption and, in some cases, blatantly overt attempts to extend insider influence into areas it once feared to tread.
As one proceeds through chapter after thoroughly documented chapter, there arises a sense of helplessness regarding what, if anything, is to be done. But education and the enlightenment that follows are the essential first steps to an empowerment that might, just might, make a material difference. With All the Presidents' Bankers, Nomi Prins just might have written the text that catalyzes education and enlightenment into effective action, and for this she has done not only her readers, but all concerned Americans, a great service.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A compelling historical anatomy of money, global power, and American character 8. April 2014
Von Zeus Yiamouyiannis, Ph.D. - Veröffentlicht auf
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Wow. What a book. This "wow" refers not only to the breadth and depth and tautness of Nomi Prins' writing, but to the amazing sweep of interconnected relationships she reveals at the heart of American and global economic development in the 20th and 21st century.

Too often we get disconnected "front-end" understandings of such monumental political events as the Federal Reserve Act, Glass-Steagall Act, the Bretton Woods agreement, the Marshall Plan, and so forth. As an aware citizen who studies history and economy, Prins surprised me consistently with her in-depth research exposing the interconnected "back-door" origins and maneuverings of the powerful (and largely invisible) engineers of U.S. financial dominance. She does so in a clear, compelling, story-telling style that comes off equal parts forensic analysis and investigative journalism (with 69 pages of endnotes to back it up).

Nomi Prins trusts the power of the story to convey the outrageous twists of the American financial saga. She is not a polemicist, but a true writer, inhabiting the story, and letting the story inhabit her. When one reads the main title, "All the Presidents' Bankers," one might think hers is an op-ed driven book, but Prins' style and focus is better captured in the subtitle: "The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power."

I had a notion going in that I would be reading about quasi-legal power brokers and the people they manipulated. There IS some of that, but I received something deeper-- a social dissection of collaborators who glory in the power to control others and to control resources by controlling the tool (money) in which material welfare is measured.

I learned how "new" terms like "too big to fail" are really old trends scaled up in sophistication and scope. In addition, "All the Presidents' Bankers" speaks to human nature and the persistent patterns it takes when attached to opportunism and fear. I gleaned within this book not only the seeds of the material "American Dream" but of "disaster capitalism," the use of ostensible emergency to ramp up profiteering and ram through anti-democratic consolidations of power.

I consider this book required reading for anyone serious about a deep, nuanced understanding of the precarious historical and economic edge we find ourselves currently occupying. Our predicament did not develop overnight. "All the Presidents' Bankers" provides an aware foundation for the democratic exchange, production, and creativity we will need to develop to outgrow the immaturity and unsustainability of our current global financial system.

If we want to effectively move forward, we must learn how we got here. Prins' deft prose and fine mind offer the best kind of teaching and inspiration. Our experiment with materialism and power need not be wasted if its studied failure turns us toward collaboration, character, compassion, and courage.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A definitive work on finance and politics 2. April 2014
Von craig williams - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is an exceptional work. From president to president we see the connection between finance and our national leadership. Well documented and with a gift for storytelling . With many finance history books we get pieces of the puzzle . Prins in All the Presidents' Banker gives us the whole puzzle.From the early 1900s to the end of 2013 , a brilliant concept which compels you to not put it down. This will soon be a classic .
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A seminal history 14. April 2014
Von @BobbyGvegas - Veröffentlicht auf
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I got this book in hardcover on Friday. I reserve the extra expense of hardbound for those I think likely to be special. I am not disappointed one whit. I'll be getting the Kindle edition as well (I hate to mark up my really prized hardcovers). Had I not been having to finish my tax return, I'd have finished it by now.

It is riveting. The writing style is elegant, the heavily documented recounting of the rise of the financial sector barons beginning with the late 1800's is simply compelling. The recounted "panic of 1907" is eerily similar to the mess that would ensue a century later.

We in effect have come to have a hereditary / intermarriage-of-the-clans lineage aristocracy quietly operating the levers of power, globally. Presidents and legislatures come and go, but this small group of people at the top of the heap have inordinate long-term power with no effective accountability. That they operate principally with the funds of ordinary bank depositors rather than their own risk capital is all the more galling owing to the fact that the vast majority of the public have no idea as to how they're getting played. "Privatization of profits, socialization of losses" may have become a cliche phrase, but it's true, and it jumps right off these pages.

I've been closely following FIRE sector machinations my entire adult life, beginning with the 60's Equity Funding Life scam. My most recent readings include "Capital in the 21st century," "The Seven Sins of Wall Street," "FlashBoys," and now THIS.

We never seem to learn.

I enjoyed "Flash Boys" (I've read all of Lewis' books), but it's unfortunate that Michael Lewis has managed to suck all of the oxygen out of the media air right when Nomi's book was released, because her book is way more important for gaining a broad and deep understanding of how the FIRE sector evolved, an understanding that is critical if we are to have any hope of pushing for badly needed, beneficent reforms. I don't think it's an overstatement to assert that a crony capitalist iron-fisted neo-feudalism draws nigh.

Kudos, Ms. Prins. I hope your book sells and sells and sells, and gets the major publishing awards it deserves.

UPDATE April 23rd.

I just finished this book. Had to take it slow, pretty much one chapter at a time to fully digest all of the history. Very little polemic opining, relatively speaking. That's a nice thing. Ms. Prins certainly has her opinions as to what's ethical or not, but she lets the history speak for itself

Were I on an ECON faculty somewhere, this book would be a core required text for "Modern History of U.S. Finance."

So, for more than a century, national politicians have essentially been highly useful "Bright, Shiny Things," distracting dupes in the service of the quiet exercise of unaccountable global power and ever-increasing acquisition of obscene wealth by a small handful of men. Men.

The broad public has zero clue as to the extent of their ongoing fleecing, how bad they're getting played. These guys seem to exude dismissive contempt for "the little people," which, to them, consists of at least "the 99%" (a fair number of whom likely count themselves as "financial sophisticates," while they too have been getting played right along with Joe lunchbucket).

Wish I could be more optimistic about the prospect for just, sustainable reform. If I didn't have kids and a grandson, it'd be easier to just stop giving a flip.

But, then, that wouldn't be fair to those with kids and grandkids.

Beautiful book. 5 stars+ Get it and read it closely.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must-read if you are about your future 7. April 2014
Von Stuart Gittleman - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book may surprise and even shock you. Nomi Prins shows how, for over a century, hidden influences on every president have not only impacted our financial and economic well-being, but even our foreign and military policies. In light of the Supreme Court's decision last week in McCutchen, it's more important than ever to know who has the candidates'ears before voting on Election Day.
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