Books by John Steele Gordon

Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A delightful book that is just plain fun to read, packed with all kinds of curious facts and oddities."
Gordon (An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power, 2004) uses a history of the Washington Monument to present an enjoyable tale of Egypt's obelisks, the nations who appropriated them, and how they moved them.Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Solid raw material with plenty of value added. Just the thing for economics wonks, then, but lively enough to make for good airplane reading."
Forget about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness: American history is all about the Benjamins. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2002

"Just the thing for the budding entrepreneur, and a pleasure for general readers as well."
An intriguing tale of inventors, tycoons, and an engineering feat that changed the course of economic history. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 16, 1999

"American business history depicted with infectious delight. (16 pages b&w photos)"
This sparkling account (the basis for a forthcoming CNBC TV special) finds in Wall Street a remarkable microcosm for American invention, eccentricity, and double-dealing. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 13, 1997

"For those seeking to understand the national debt, this book is a good place to start—it's just not a good place to stop."
American Heritage columnist Gordon (The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street, 1988) deserves credit for attempting a brief history of the national debt aimed at a wide audience, but the result is somewhat disappointing. Read full book review >