Visionary Capitalism: Financial Markets and the American Dream in the Twentieth Century


This is the first financial history of the United States in the 20th century from the commercial and investment banking perspective. Arguing that the ideal of an American Dream finds its best tangible expression in the ways in which the financial markets have been used to foster and protect the ideals of quality housing, higher education, and agricultural production, the author analyzes the successes and failures of the markets in producing a high standard of living and well-being over the past 70 years.


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