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A landmark work from one of the preeminent historians of our time: the first published biography of Andrew W. Mellon, the American colossus who bestrode the worlds of industry, government, and philanthropy, leaving his transformative stamp on each.

Andrew Mellon, one of Americas greatest financiers, built a legendary personal fortune from banking to oil to aluminum manufacture, tracking Americas course to global economic supremacy. As treasury secretary under Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and finally Hoover, Mellon made the federal government run like a business-prefiguring the public official as CEO. He would be hailed as the architect of the Roaring Twenties, but, staying too long, would be blamed for the Great Depression, eventually to find himself a broken idol. Collecting art was his only nonprofessional gratification and his great gift to the American people, The National Gallery of Art, remains his most tangible legacy.

About the Author

David Cannadine was born in Birmingham in 1950 and educated at the Cambridge, Oxford, and Princeton. He is the editor and author of many acclaimed books, including The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy, which won the Lionel Trilling Prize and the Governors' Award; Aspects of Aristocracy; G. M. Trevelyan; The Pleasures of the Past; History in Our Time; and Class in Britain. He has taught at Cambridge and Columbia and is now the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Professor of British History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue: A Family in History

PART ONE

In the Shadow of His Father, 1855-1900

1. The Patriarch Presides: Father and Sons, 1855-73

2. The Family in Business: Boys and Banks, 1873-87

3. The “Mellon System” Inaugurated: “My Brother and I,” 1887-98

4. The Great Leap Forward: Mergers and Matrimony, 1898-1900

PART TWO

Wealths Triumphs, Fortunes Travails, 1900-1921

5. The Transition Completed: Family Man and Venture Capitalist, 1901-1907

6. The First Scandal: Separation and Divorce, 1907-12

7. Life Goes On: Business (Almost) as Usual, 1907-14

8. New Careers for Old: Single Parent, Aging Plutocrat, Emerging Politician, 1914-21

PART THREE

The Rise and Fall of a Public Man, 1921-33

9. Hard Times with Harding: Political Realities, Getting Started, Settling In, 1921-23

10. Better Years with Coolidge: Mellonizing America, Aggrandizing Himself, 1923-26

11. Carrying On with Hoover: Great Ideas to Great Crash, 1927-29

12. Triumphs amid Troubles: Fortunes Zenith, Russian Pictures, Pittsburgh Woes, 1929-31

13. “The Man Who Stayed Too Long”: Depression, Departure, London and Back, 1931-33

PART FOUR

Old Man, New Deal, 1933-37

14. His World Turned Upside Down: An Unhappy Homecoming, 1933-34

15. The Second Scandal: The “Tax Trial” and the National Gallery of Art, 1933-36

16. Beginnings and Endings: The Gallery Established, a Life in Its Fullness, 1936-37

Epilogue: A Fortune in History

Appendix: The Mellon Family

A Note on Sources

Abbreviations for Notes

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307386793
Author:
Cannadine
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Cannadine, David
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Public Finance
Subject:
Biography/Business
Subject:
biography;history;business;gilded age;non-fiction;us history;business history
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 PP. BandW; 16 PP. COLOR
Pages:
832
Dimensions:
9.14x6.12x1.68 in. 2.32 lbs.

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