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John Steele Gordon

John Steele Gordon was born and raised in New York City. He attended Millbrook School and Vanderbilt University, graduating with a B.A. in history in 1966. He has been writing on business and economic history for over twenty-five years. He is the author of seven books. Among them are The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street, a history of Wall Street in the 1860s; Hamilton’s Blessing, a history of the national Debt; The Great Game, A history of Wall Street; A Thread Across the Ocean, the story of the laying of the Atlantic cable; and An Empire of Wealth, a history of the American economy. He has also written for numerous publications, including Forbes, Forbes ASAP, Worth, the American, National Review, Commentary, and the Weekly Standard. He wrote “The Business of America” column for American Heritage for eighteen years (many of the columns were collected into a book of that name published in 2001). He currently writes a column on business history for Barron’s called “The Long View.” He writes frequent book reviews for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, where he also contributes frequent op-ed articles.

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