• An Empire of Wealth

  • The Epic History of American Economic Power
  • By: John Steele Gordon
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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By: John Steele Gordon
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Throughout time, from ancient Rome to modern Britain, the great empires built and maintained their domination through force of arms and political power.

But not the United States.

America has dominated the world in a new, peaceful, and pervasive way - through the continued creation of staggering wealth. In this authoritative, engrossing history, John Steele Gordon captures as never before the true source of our nation's global influence: wealth and the capacity to create more of it.

©2004 John Steele Gordon (P)2019 Tantor
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KNOW YOUR HISTORY!

I learned so much and so much more how current events are mirroring history. I'll reread it to pick up even more insights.

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Outstanding Work of Art in History

I've been a student of history and economics since my mid-twenties. An Empire of Wealth I just picked up at a used book store. The title caught my eye. But it sat in a drawer for over a year. Then I noticed the audio version and now in my life a lot more windshield time I purchased this title. I couldn't quit listening. I made excuses to run an errand or make another trip just so I could give my undivided attention. The shear undertaking of such an exhaustive work with attention and intension to detail was incredible. Thank you. I have already recommended this book and audio to many people and to be purchased together.
This is a collectors item that should become a great reference book.

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Excellent and balanced economic overview of U.S history

I found this book after reading, and enjoying, the author’s book on the transatlantic cable (Thread Across the Ocean). It was just as good, if not better. He adeptly provides an overview of U.S. history from the colonial period until the turn of the millennium through the lens of economics, and does so without strong biases frequently affecting histories. There are criticisms and praises of presidents and other leaders, but I thought he struck a good balance when many are polarizing. For example, FDR and Reagan are both painted in positive light for their impact on the economy, and he describes the back and forth between industrial tycoons and the labor movement with a balanced hand.

The author also provides a detailed account of the factors influencing the growth (and occasional decline) of American economic power without getting too deep into technical specifics. Nothing would have ruined an audiobook faster than constantly referring to economic graphs that one can’t see.

The book is from 2004 and therefore misses the 2008 recession and housing bubble, currently government spending trends (stimulus after stimulus, expanded social programs, perpetually high defense spending). I wish the author would write another chapter to carry on the narrative. Many of his closing comments would likely be different with 20 additional years of perspective.

Narration was great. The calm and matter-of-fact tone was suited to the subject matter. It was easy to follow without being distracting or adding his own bias.

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One of the BEST History Books EVER

I love the history! You did a beast of a job on this book. I couldn’t put it down.

Only part I disagree with is Keynesian economics. The government should get out of the way and let the free market churn!

I can’t wait to read your other books! Thanks.

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