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is a book of historical gossip that skims across the surface of important issues. It is
based on the CNBC documentary of the same name and the book unintentionally highlights the
difference between TV scripts and books. What appears to provide a in-depth understanding
of the subject on TV is revealed as much lighter in content when read in print.
Perhaps I was expecting too much. I was looking for information on how
these financiers fitted into the context of their societies. I wanted to understand what
made them different and how they saw things in new ways that lead to a series of financial
revolutions. Every time I went to dig a little deeper I found the narrative had hit
bedrock and no more details were available. Perhaps I was looking for a modern equivalent
of Tawneys ground breaking book, Religion and the Rise of Capitalism.
Instead I found good biographies and interesting snippets of personal
information. The coverage of Robert Woodruff is one of the more interesting chapters that
links time, people, opportunity and new ideas together in an effective way. The book is a
collection of biographies rather than a history of the development of business.
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