Books by Martin Mayer

Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Mayer's industry, his obvious good will and humor persuade even those opposed to his politics or leery of his proposed solutions that he just might be right. "
A brief history, a current assessment and, finally, a plea for reform of America's courts. Read full book review >
Released: June 11, 2001

"An in-depth (sometimes excruciatingly so) financial history of a complex organization."
A somewhat dense, albeit informative, history and overview of the Federal Reserve System and its impact on the global economy. Read full book review >
THE BANKERS by Martin Mayer
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

Much has happened to America's depository institutions in the more than two decades since Mayer wrote The Bankers, and his elegant update provides an informed guide to the convulsive change that has brought a remote, buttoned-down profession into the rowdy, high-tech world of financial services. Before assessing the past, present, and future of banking, the author assesses the nature of money, a demanding task that nonetheless permits him to examine the role commercial banks play in the way debts were, are, and could be paid. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 1994

Overlong and overly impressionistic breast-beating from one of the elder statesmen of the American bar with help from Mayer (The Greatest Ever Bank Robbery, 1990). How profound can reader response be to a book that conludes: ``The fault is not in our stars but in ourselves''? Read full book review >

Released: June 11, 1993

While the old gray Mayer (Whatever Happened to Madison Avenue?, 1991, etc.) ain't what he used to be, there still are few to rival his command of high—and low—finance—and so his account of how Salomon Brothers rigged the unregulated market in government securities represents an informed, if sometimes exasperating, contribution to the literature. With little of the cool irony that lit up his best work (The Money Bazaars, 1984, etc.), Mayer recounts how a celebrated trading house's fake bids in Treasury auctions enabled it to corner markets in US government obligations, squeeze short interests, and book millions in illicit profits. Read full book review >

Released: June 12, 1991

A chatty, instructive update on the ad game, once a glamour business but now fallen on increasingly harder times. The prolific Mayer (The Greatest-Ever Bank Robbery, Markets, The Money Bazaars, etc.) is an agreeable and savvy tour guide who knows the territory. Read full book review >