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A Review of Ron Chernow’s House of Morgan

Ron Chernow is likely more well known today for his biography of Alexander Hamilton, which was adapted by Lin-Manuel Miranda into the musical Hamilton. However, I find his account of the Morgan banking dynasty in The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance far more compelling; indeed, I would say it is a “must-read” for anyone seeking to understand the history of Anglo-American finance.…

Reading Lions of Al Rassan in Spain

I first read Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Lions of Al-Rassan as a teenager. I knew, even then, that this was a novel I would not easily forget. Indeed, the passage of time has borne that out quite well. When I visited Madrid and Granada earlier this month, it was Kay’s The Lions of Al-Rassan rather than any other novel about Spain that I took with me to read on my solitary sojourn.…