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Mellon : an American life

By: Cannadine, David

0713995084 / 9780713995084
Out of print
United Kingdom
25 cm xvi, 779 p., [48] p. of plates : ill. (some col.)
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Andrew Mellon rose to become one of America's greatest financiers.

Despite painful shyness and personal misery - his loveless marriage ended in scandalous divorce - he built a mighty and diverse fortune, tracking America's course to global economic supremacy.

As treasury secretary under Harding, Coolidge and Hoover, he made the federal government run like a business - prefiguring the public official as CEO - and won credit for the Roaring Twenties.

But Mellon would stay on too long: blamed for the Great Depression, he eventually found himself a broken icon, his every fiscal assumption overthrown by the New Deal.

Prosecuted for tax evasion, Mellon would not abandon his last dream, to make a great gift to America; but he died before his National Gallery of Art was realized.

David Cannadine is one of our greatest historians and "Mellon" is his masterpiece.


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