The House of Morgan

The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance is a non-fiction book by Ron Chernow, published in 1990. It traces the history of four generations of the J.P. Morgan financial empire, on both sides of the Atlantic, from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the crash of 1987.[1]

The House of Morgan
AuthorRon Chernow
CountryUnited States
GenreHistory, biography
PublisherAtlantic Monthly Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)

The reviewer for The New York Times Book Review said, "As a portrait of finance, politics and the world of avarice and ambition on Wall Street, the book has the movement and tension of an epic novel. It is, quite simply, a tour de force."[2]

Chernow later completed a history of the German-Jewish Warburg banking family (The Warburgs, 1993) and a collection of the essays on "the decline and fall of the great financial dynasties", (The Death of the Banker, 1997).


The book won the 1990 U.S. National Book Award for Nonfiction.[3]


  1. "The House of Morgan (review)". Archived from the original on 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  2. Jeffrey E. Garten, "Their Street Was Paved With Gold," The New York Times March 18, 1990
  3. "National Book Awards – 1990". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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