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1. Investment Banking: Valuation,
2. Economics of Money, Banking, and
3. Investment Banking Explained:
4. The Mystery of Banking
5. Dictionary of Banking Terms (Barron's
6. A History of Money and Banking
7. Community Banking Strategies:
8. The Future of Finance: A New Model
9. Vault Career Guide to Investment
10. Banking with the Beard: Secrets
11. Vault Career Guide to Investment
12. Microeconomics of Banking, 2nd
13. The House of Morgan: An American
14. The Fast Track: The Insider's
15. Commercial Banking: The Management
16. Modern Blood Banking And Transfusion
17. Banking and Financial Institutions
18. Economics of Money, Banking, and
19. Banking on the Future: The Fall
20. Foundations of Banking Risk: An

1. Investment Banking: Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, and Mergers and Acquisitions (Wiley Finance)
by Joshua Rosenbaum, Joshua Pearl
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2009-05-04)
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Asin: 0470442204
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In the constantly evolving world of finance, a solid technical foundation is an essential tool for success. Due to the fast-paced nature of this world, however, no one has been able to take the time to properly codify the lifeblood of the corporate financier’s work—namely, valuation. Rosenbaum and Pearl have responded to this need by writing the book that they wish had existed when they were trying to break into Wall Street.

Investment Banking: Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, and Mergers & Acquisitions is a highly accessible and authoritative book that focuses on the primary valuation methodologies currently used on Wall Street—comparable companies, precedent transactions, DCF, and LBO analysis. These methodologies are used to determine valuation for public and private companies within the context of M&A transactions, LBOs, IPOs, restructurings, and investment decisions. Using a step-by-step how-to approach for each methodology, the authors build a chronological knowledge base and define key terms, financial concepts, and processes throughout the book. They also provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of LBOs and an organized M&A sale process.

In the aftermath of the subprime mortgage crisis and ensuing credit crunch, the world of finance is returning to the fundamentals of valuation and critical due diligence. This involves the use of more realistic assumptions governing approach to risk as well as a wide range of value drivers. While valuation has always involved a great deal of “art” in addition to time-tested “science,” the artistry is perpetually evolving in accordance with market developments and conditions. In this sense, this book is particularly topical—in addition to detailing the technical fundamentals behind valuation, the authors infuse practical judgment skills and perspective to help guide the science. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Valuation!
Investment Banking is a great book! It discusses valuation in detail and it is answering many questions that I formed during finance classes. Good for investment banking as well as other investment management purposes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent M&A Resource
Excellent book written by practioners - a must read for those interested in investment banking, M&A and PE.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Rosenbaum and Peal's book is an excellent overview of the valuation and M&A process. Unlike many books on the topic that come across as "academic", it is clear this book was written by experienced professionals with a clear understanding of market convention. While this book has become required reading for our incoming analysts, many of the seasoned practitioners have added it to their desk reference collection alongside Bruner, Arzac, Damodaran, Hooke, and Pettit. It is organized well and walks the reader through the process on a step by step basis. The book is both relevant and topical, which makes it a must read for people interested in the field. I look forward to future editions on this ever changing topic and an expansion into other areas of focus within the IB field.

5-0 out of 5 stars Its a practical guide!!!
This book is actually a practical guide to the Investment Banking world. A must for all the new recruits at I-Banks and also for those who want to learn more about I Banking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great practical guide
As a professional straight out of his MBA, with previous experience in consulting, this book has helped me in my new job working in M&A.
It's a great book that teaches you about the main activities in investment banking in a way that the other academic books don't: practical, full of "inside" knowledge and without tedious and unnecessary prose. In addition, the excel models that book provides are really useful.
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2. Economics of Money, Banking, and Financial Markets, Business School Edition, The (2nd Edition)
by Frederic S. Mishkin
Hardcover: 768 Pages (2009-07-25)
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Asin: 0321599888
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The Economics of Money, Banking, and Financial Markets set the standard for money and banking courses when it published in its first edition, and it continues to be the worldwide market leader. The historic economic events and financial crises of late 2008 have changed the entire landscape of money and banking. Having just served as Governor of the Federal Reserve, only Mishkin has the unique insider's perspective needed to present the current state of money and banking and explain the latest debates and issues for today’s readers. For professors who teach with less emphasis on monetary theory and prefer to focus more time on financial institutions, the Business School Edition is the ideal alternative.

Introduction: Why Study Money, Banking, and Financial Markets?; An Overview of the Financial System; What Is Money? Financial Markets: Understanding Interest Rates; The Behavior of Interest Rates; The Risk and Term Structure of Interest Rates; The Stock Market, the Theory of Rational Expectations, and the Efficient Market Hypothesis. Financial Institutions: An Economic Analysis of Financial Structure; Financial Crises and the Subprime Debacle; Banking and the Management of Financial Institutions; Economic Analysis of Financial Regulation; Banking Industry: Structure and Competition; Nonbank Finance; Financial Derivatives; Conflicts of Interest in the Financial Industry. Central Banking and the Conduct of Monetary Policy: Structure of Central Banks and the Federal Reserve System; The Money Supply Process; Tools of Monetary Policy; What Should Central Banks Do? Monetary Policy Goals, Strategy, and Tactics. International Finance and Monetary Policy: The Foreign Exchange Market; The International Financial System. Monetary Policy: The Demand for Money; Aggregate Demand and Supply Analysis; Transmission Mechanisms of Monetary Policy: The Evidence; Money and Inflation.

For all readers interested in money, banking, and financial markets. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars His treatment of money is the book's saving grace
The book, on the whole, is an average introductory textbook that follows the standardized view of mainstream economics (the accuracy of that standard is left for a different review). Mishkin begins by telling us that financial markets and institutions are fascinating, and then spends the next 400 pages treating the subject in a tired and linear fashion.

His tone rarely strays from that of the typical bored professor, with his treatment of money being the exception. When he explores money, Mishkin's tone is suddenly vibrant with vivid examples and colorful wording.

If you must buy the book, do it for the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars good
Although our instructor request 9th edition, i got the 8th one, it really does not make that much difference, and i buy the access code online separately even though it does not come with the used book, it still save money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Appreciation
The product was all what I expected it to be. The delivery time was perfect and I would buy again from the seller

5-0 out of 5 stars fast and reliable service
I am new to ordering books from Amazon, but after multiple orders I have found the majority of the sellers are quick about shipping out the books, once your order is placed. The Money and Banking texted arrive in time for my class.

4-0 out of 5 stars A
Got here in great time, but the book didn't have the content I needed to help me in my class. ... Read more

3. Investment Banking Explained: An Insider's Guide to the Industry
by Michel Fleuriet
Hardcover: 352 Pages (2008-06-26)
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Insider guidance to the modern world of investment banking today

In Investment Banking Explained, Wharton professor and globalfinancier Michel Fleuriet provides a complete overview ofinvestment banking in its modern form; defines key terms; identifiesstructures, strategies, and operational aspects; and analyzesthe strategy in each of the main functional areas of aninvestment bank. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Really solid overview of the industry.
Starting from very beginning of banking in general this book brings readers to easily understandable overview of investment banking activities nowadays. Nice to see comments on relationship of investment banking industry to financial crisis of 2007.

Bit expensive given that no technical details are included but still from my stand point it's good value for the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very insightful guide to the business of Investment Banking
Q:What is this book about?

Professor Fleuriet is definitely an expert in his field. I read the book because I am due to have an internship at an investment bank, and I had felt that my overall knowledge about the area is fairly lacking.

"Investment Banking Explained" does what it claims to do: it gives you a straight and clear overview of all the major areas of the business. It successfully treads a fine line: neither does it give you too much detail, which would make you lost in the text, nor does it give you too little, which is something many books attempting to be clear do.

For example, Professor Fleuriet explains what a CDO is and then, yes, assumes you are familiar with what it is in order to go on in explaining further concepts based on this. You do not need to be familiar with the jargon at all, yet after reading the book you will have a good overall understanding, which is what the book aims to give you.

Another feature is Professor Fleuriet's attitude, more "describing" than "judging", when explaining the various concepts. For example, he points out that there is a fair amount of doubt as to whether a high majority of M&A transactions actually creates value for the acquiring shareholders. In other words, unlike most books claiming explain Investment Banking, Professor Fleuriet really does just that, without implicitly or explicitly telling you what you should think. It's your job to think it through and make up your mind. But that is certainly hard to do if you read about IB from one of the myriad of titles "clarifying" how IB is really just a bunch of fat, greedy bankers sitting on horrendous amounts of money. You may or may not agree with that, but probably you would like the book rather to explain what these fat, greedy bankers do in the first place. That's what you get from this title.

Considering the book was published in mid-2008, one can understand the little amount of coverage given to the recent crisis, which really started to spread widely in the news in early August 2007. Sometimes I thought, though, that the book could incorporate more on some of the revelations the recent crisis gave concerning how the various new financial structures have actually been performing. Not that I would be in the dark about it, but after reading this book, I certainly am interested on what Professor Fleuriet thinks about that.

I would like to express my thanks to Professor Fleuriet for his expert explanation. The book was certainly worth the time. ... Read more

4. The Mystery of Banking
by Murray Rothbard
Hardcover: 298 Pages (2008-09-10)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Talk about great timing. Rothbard's extraordinary book unravels the mystery of banking: what is legitimate enterprise and what is a government-backed shell game that can't last. His explanation is clear enough for anyone to follow and yet precise and rigorous enough to be the best, textbook for college classes on the topic. This is because its expositional clarity--in its hitosry and theory--is essentially unrivaled.

Most notably, he uses the T account method of explaining the relationship between deposits and loans, showing the inherent instability of fractional reserve banking and how it sets the stage for centralization, inflation, and the boost-bust cycle.

But there is more here. It is an explanation of money's origins and its meaning in the free market. The abstract theory is here but always with real application in history and in modern banking practice. Never does a paragraph go by without an example drawn from his massive knowledge of the subject.

Even further, he explains the integration between microeconomics and the business cycle. As Douglas French writes in the introduction: "Although first published 25 years ago, Murray Rothbard s The Mystery of Banking continues to be the only book that clearly and concisely explains the modern fractional reserve banking system, its origins, and its devastating effects on the lives of every man, woman, and child. It is especially appropriate in a year that will see; a surge in bank failures, central banks around the globe bailing out failed commercial and investment banks, double-digit inflation rates in many parts of the world and hyperinflation completely destroying Zimbabwe s economy, that a new edition of Rothbard s classic work be republished and made available through the efforts of Lew Rockwell and the staff at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Priced affordably for students and laymen interested in the vagaries of banking and how inflation and business cycles are created."

Further, Joseph Salerno explains in the Foreword: "The Mystery of Banking is perhaps the least appreciated work among Murray Rothbard s prodigious body of output. This is a shame because it is a model of how to apply sound economic theory, dispassionately and objectively, to the origins and development of real-world institutions and to assess their consequences. It is institutional economics at its best. In this book, the institution under scrutiny is central banking as historically embodied in the Federal Reserve System the Fed for short the central bank of the United States.

"Rothbard s presentation of the basic principles of money-and-banking theory in the first eleven chapters of the book guides the reader in unraveling the mystery of how the central bank operates to create money through the fractional-reserve banking system and how this leads to inflation of the money supply and a rise in overall prices in the economy. But he does not stop there. In the subsequent five chapters he resolves the historical mystery of howan inherently inflationary institution like central banking, which is destructive of the value of money and, in the extreme case of hyperinflation, of money itself, came into being and was accepted as essential to the operation of the market economy."

Incredibly, both authors correctly anticipate the current crisis -- and Rothbard explains it all and shows the way out. This is certainly the book for today, more essential than ever before.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise explanation of banking and the business cycle
The author of this book, Murray N. Rothbard, was a 20th century American economist.He taught at the University of Nevada.He was a follower of the Austrian school of economics, particularly Ludwig Von Mises.In this relatively short book, he explains how banking works, and why modern banking leads to the business cycle.

His writing is very clear, simple and logical.He takes the reader through a simple explanation of the nature of money, credit and banking.As he explains, modern banking has a central problem, based upon a fundamental dishonesty.When you deposit money, you think that the bank is holding it for you, safe.That is not true.Even though the bank has a legal obligation to give depositors back their money, upon demand, they nonetheless loan out most of the money they receive in deposits.Banks, in short, promise the same money to two people at the same time: to the depositor, who can ask for the money at any time, and to the borrower, to whom the same money is lent.

This fundamental practice has two huge consequences.First, it permits the banks to create money out of thin air.Both your deposit in the bank, and the loan which bank makes with your money, are part of the money supply.The bank has just greatly increased money, out of nothing.Second, it means that banks are also unstable.They live in fear that all, or some large fragtion,of their depositors will demand their money back, at the same time.If this happens, the bank will not be able to pay.

This practice, in short, explains the inflationary nature of the modern economy (and thus the boom-bust cycle) and also the peculiar vulnerability of the banking sector to public confidence.

After explaining this, Rothbard takes the reader through a brief, and quite unorthodox, history of banking in the modern Anglo-American world.His perspective is aligned with Jeffrerson, Jackson and the hard money Democrats of the Old South.He despises Hamilton, the Whigs and both modern political parties.

I find Rothbard's point of view to be fresh, forceful and original.He gives you a great deal to think about.

5-0 out of 5 stars Free PDF
You can read this book as a pdf at http://mises.org/Books/mysteryofbanking.pdf. Just Google: Mystery of Banking. Very informative and enlightening book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A scandal exposed
I have to say, this is a gem of a book, even if it does come from the Ludwig von Mises Institute. I would normally give publications from this stable a very wide berth, and there are indeed numerous gratuitous sideswipes at various liberal policies in the book. However, if you can bite your tongue and roll with the punches what you get is more than worth it. If you really want to understand the mystery of how money is created, what inflation is, and how the modern banking system evolved, you will not be disappointed. Rothbard's basic objective is to do a hatchet job on fractional reserve banking and fiat money, and by God, he almost pulls it off. My only quibble is that although his critique is indeed devastating he never really explains the other side of the argument. Yes, Governments routinely (as a matter of policy) debase the currency by insisting that the money supply grows more quickly than the quantity of goods and services. Yes, banking is a scandalous oligopoly which makes extraordinary profits by creating and lending newly created money at interest (they win twice, once through being protected from competition and insolvency and twice by being the first to benefit from newly created money before its inflationary effects have cascaded through the economy). Nevertheless, many would argue that in spite of its inflationary effects fractional reserve banking still makes sense, as the creation of money results in greater economic activity (ie. increases in the money supply lead to the production of more goods and services because it creates new incentives where they would otherwise be lacking). So, the argument goes, the residual inflationary impact is a price worth paying for the resulting increase in economic value. Whether this argument is valid or not is a moot point - Rothbard simply fails to engage with it.

However, what is really interesting about the book is that it brought home to me the fundamental convergence of green-left and free-market-right opinion on the iniquities of fractional reserve banking (although for fundamentally different reasons). The free-market-right objects to the fact that fractional reserve banking diminishes the utility of money as a store of value, hence the traditional call for a return to the gold standard. The green-left on the other hand points out that the continual (exponential) creation of new money at compound interest can only be sustained by a corresponding exponential growth of resource throughput in the physical world, which in turn can only result in catastrophic consequences. In addition, both strongly object to the privileged position of private banks that generate outrageous profit from seigniorage, and the implicit guarantee they receive from Government. So never let it be said that bankers are great believers in free markets - they are actually great believers in the power of Government to sustain their protected position, and Rothbard does a fine job in clearly exposing this outrageous scandal.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Single Most Imporant Book In Economics
The state can tax you now, or borrow and tax your children, or it can inflate the money supply, use the new money first and rob you of the purchasing power of your savings.The third alternative is a favorite of the state.This book makes it plain that there has always been an unholy alliance between banks and the state.The events of 2008 were nothing new, and the piddly legislation that congress is bantering about doesn't even come close to "making sure this won't happen again."On the contrary, it is almost a certainty that it will happen again and again until we return to sound money and banking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Demystifies How The Money Supply Is Manipulated..Throw Away The Textbooks!
In spite of the Austrian Theory rhetoric, I highly recommend this book. Very incisive regarding the history/politics and motives of the fractional reserve system.No matter which end of the political spectrum you may fall within, this book is an excellent primer for understanding how The Federal Reserve/Fractional Reserve banking functions. A basic understanding of math i.e.,fractions/decimals and a desire to learn and you will be set!

Warning! Likely most will find Fractional Reserve concepts intitially counterintuitive. How can central banks create money from thin air? Debt creates money? If you draw cash from checking it shrinks the money supply?.. Huh what?

Rothbard is pushing a point of view as he explains how fractional reserve system works i.e., "Austrian Theory" which is pure nonsense in regard to banking reform. Any theory works if you isolate from real world circumstances based on assumptions.

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5. Dictionary of Banking Terms (Barron's Business Guides)
by Thomas P. Fitch
Vinyl Bound: 535 Pages (2006-01-01)
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Asin: 0764132636
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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More than 3,000 terms are defined in this newly updated edition as they relate to banking, banking practices, laws, and regulations.Barron's Business Dictionaries are useful reference sources for business students as well as the general reader who is seeking advice and information on business matters. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars It doesn't have 'commerce' in a 'banking' dictionary
I grow suspect when I buy a BANKING dictionary, and I try to look up the word 'Commerce' and it's not in there.Boo!

1-0 out of 5 stars Can't review a product I haven't received
I ordered this book July 4, 2009. It was suppose to be here in 2-4 days. It is now August 4, 2009 and I have not received my book yet. I emailed the vendor and have had zero response. I am very dissapointed and want an answer to where my book is.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very practical and complete
Practical and resumed book on banking terms. A lot (I think all of them) of terms, nicely explained. When a few figures are needed, ther author writes them down in the easy way.

To say a thing to improving, I think it lacks from drawings, charts and so forth, trying to make the reading smoother...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book if you're in banking!
I've been in banking for nearly 13 years and have sometimes struggled with much of the terminology used during corporate functions, meetings, or just watching CNBC.Whether a novice or a veteran, it's something that should be in your briefcase, pocket book, or in your desk for quick reference.This is a "NO BS" assessment!

Paid for by me.;O)

5-0 out of 5 stars Exellent resource
I use this in a training class about bank documentation.It is very helpful and comprehensive. It defines terms in concise and easy to understand words. Even a seasoned banker can learn something from this dictionary. ... Read more

6. A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II
by Murray N. Rothbard
Hardcover: 510 Pages (2002-08-30)
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In what is sure to become the standard account, Rothbard traces inflations, banking panics, and money meltdowns from the Colonial Period through the mid-20th century to show how government's systematic war on sound money is the hidden force behind nearly all major economic calamities in American history.

Never has the story of money and banking been told with such rhetorical power and theoretical vigor. You will treasure this volume.

From the introduction by Joseph Salerno:

"Rothbard employs the Misesian approach to economic history consistently and dazzlingly throughout the volume to unravel the causes and consequences of events and institutions ranging over the course of U.S. monetary history, from the colonial times through the New Deal era. One of the important benefits of Rothbard's unique approach is that it naturally leads to an account of the development of the U.S. monetary system in terms of a compelling narrative linking human motives and plans that often-times are hidden, and devious, leading to outcomes that sometimes are tragic. And one will learn much more about monetary history from reading this exciting story than from poring over reams of statistical analysis. Although its five parts were written separately, this volume presents a relative integrated narrative, with very little overlap, that sweeps across three hundreds years of U.S. monetary history." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A History of Taxation by Inflation and Profiting from Government
Wow!Murray Rothbard unveils the individuals and entities who intentionally sought the devaluation of our currency for private profits through government, which still continues today.Rothbard offers a refreshing analysis of money and banking in the United States that cuts through the political doublespeak and propaganda proliferated by politicians and the lazy media.Rather than merely accept the purported motives of politicians and government officials as fact, Rothbard examines the pecuniary gains made by such individuals, their allies and businesses, and reveals the true motives of inflationists, "trust busters," and socialists calling for more and more regulations of economic activities--personal profits through government.Rothbard provides a plethora of content and specifics on the fraudulent and deceptive acts of public officials, but most importantly, you will understand why a true gold standard is vital to the integrity of any government.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source of Information
This is an excellent overview of monetary history in the United States.Although the late Murray Rothbard was capable of providing very detailed analysis, this volume was written in a style that is very readable, even for beginners.Even so, it provides a wealth of information, and plenty of resources for further study, if desired.

Economic historians and others who are already familiar with the subject may want to read one of Rothbard's more detailed studies, such as "Conceived in Liberty," "America's Great Depression," or "The Case Against the Fed."However, this is an excellent introduction, and true to Rothbard's style, it includes innumerable insights that are missed by other historians and economists alike.

One of the reasons Rothbard was able to gain insights that other writers missed is that he analyzed historical events using methodology from the "Austrian school" of economics.In fact, Rothbard did much to develop the Austrian school's methodology, especially in regard to researching economic history.This methodology differs from that of other economic historians in that it attempts to understand the motives of economic actors and policymakers.Joseph T. Salerno provides a thorough description of this methodology in his Introduction, and that is reason enough to buy this edition.

Overall, this is an excellent overview of how (and why) our financial system developed, starting with the early Colonial period.Less imposing than some of his other works, it nevertheless makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the American financial system, without which any study of the subject would be incomplete.

4-0 out of 5 stars A History of American Economic Activities

In this latest release of Murray Rothbard's epic volume detailing the history and economics of the United States; Mises Institute (2005) has again made available his writings that spans the time-frame from Colonial times up to the beginnings of World War II. It is an intriguing documentation of the intermixture of politics and economics that have, and continue to, shaped this Nation's history; and, by extension the state of commerce throughout the World.

It must be noted that this 509-page tome is not suggested for a novice reader that does not have any more than a rudimentary knowledge of economics. For those embarking on a study of economic history, Rothbard's early work, "What Has the Government Done to Our Money" might prove to be a more suitable introductory vehicle. With that disclaimer in mind, those readers with an interest in how politics and economics intertwine this volume is indeed illuminating. And, of course, (as history tells us over and over again) politics, diplomacy, and warfare are almost always, and inevitably, shaped by economics.

With alacrity, Rothbard weaves a tale of intrigue and exposes the often overlooked players that sought to impose their opposing economic and political viewpoints. These include those early Americans who espoused a strong Federal government and favored a Central Banking system as to those who favored "free banking".Also included are the various political opponents who fed the turmoil surrounding bimetallism who, in turn, vigorously debated and fanned the flames of gold versus silver parity rates.

Moving on to an America with Imperialistic notions, the Spanish-American War provided an opportunity to impose American economic principles on the previously Spanish occupied countries that America now found in its orb. The new American Colonies were induced into accepting monetary and currency provisions that reflected their new-found ruler's principles. Not content with merely meddling in the affairs of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, the US tried via coercion to force the Sovereign States of Mexico, several Central American countries, and China to hunker down to the American concepts with regard to money (value) and currency exchanges. If coercion and threats failed to bring about compliance, America was not above sending in the Marines.

Not surprisingly, Rothbard expends a goodly amount of ink in discussing the often turbulent events that led to the formation of the US Federal Reserve Bank. Also discussed are the post World War I gyrations that destroyed the previous world-wide gold standard and the wholesale introduction of fiat currencies. All of which ultimately led to the Great Depression of the 1930's.

As the title suggests, he winds up his volume with a detailed inquisition into the causes and effects that precipitated, and prolonged, that dire episode in history when the world's economies were wrought with economic havoc. [Note: diehard Keynesians might be prompted to knash their teeth; however, if they are not too hidebound they might learn something].

The book is profusely documented with detailed footnote references and anecdotal information.

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3-0 out of 5 stars The Conspiracy Theory on How We Got the Federal Reserve
I had high hopes when I bought this, thinking it would be a history of US banking.That was a disappointment.There is some history, though the main story seems to be the lead up to the Federal Reserve.Even some of the political background was OK.However, as you get to the turn of the century, Rothbard steers into conspiracy thinking regarding the business actors behind creating the central bank.

I am not fan of central banking either. I would rather not have the Federal Reserve.But this book doesn't live up to the title as a history.It reads like a polemic.And it doesn't go much beyond the creation of the Fed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exellent Read
I have no experience in the world of banking and finance and greatly enjoyed this book.There is no jargon and it is easy to read and understand.The emphasis is on what interests caused what events to occur and there is no data or statistics to wade through.I feel like I have a much better understanding (though quite general) of where to look next as far as figuring out more about why we have the system that we have today.I highly recommend this book.Also, this book is published by the Mises Institute, which as a great website, lots of free material as well as other books on the subject. ... Read more

7. Community Banking Strategies: Steady Growth, Safe Portfolio Management, and Lasting Client Relationships (Bloomberg Financial)
by Vince Boberski
Hardcover: 178 Pages (2010-08-31)
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A guide for community banks to rebuild and strengthen their business

With Community Banking Strategies, author Vincent Boberski, a financial professional who has spent years working with senior management and the boards of directors at local banks, skillfully reveals how community banks can compete against bigger institutions in the wake of the most significant financial crisis since the 1930s.

Chapter by chapter, he offers practical advice on many of the most important issues in this area, including portfolio management, balance sheet management, and dealing with interest rate and credit cycles. Along the way, Boberski also offers in-depth insights on establishing and encouraging the lasting client relationships that produce the most essential piece of the banking business: focusing on increasing core deposits, which is at the heart of any good local bank.

  • Details the strategies, products, and tactics that will enable community banks to create opportunities out of market dislocations and effectively manage risk
  • Reveals how to capture consistently profitable growth at the expense of regional and national competitors
  • Discusses what it takes to transform newfound market dynamics into customer relationships that touch both sides of the balance sheet

If you want to gain a better understanding of the strategies that could consistently lead to success in this field, this book is the best place to start. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Practical, insightful, an absolute must read for all bankers
Vince Boberski has not just done an excellent job of assessing the state of banking but given a road map to survive and profit from our current environment.He gives a clear headed view of the challenges that face community banks and strategies to overcome those challenges.Even though it is about banking, his wit and honesty make it both a fun and highly informative read. Any banker that doesn't read Vince Boberski's book will be doing his shareholders a disservice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend it!
Vince Boberski does an excellent job of outlining how to evaluate bond portfolios, funding and derivative strategies in a way that appeals to any level of community bank.He expresses great insights in "Community Banking Strategies" and would consider this a must read in negotiating our current economic times.I would highly recommend it. ... Read more

8. The Future of Finance: A New Model for Banking and Investment (Wiley Finance)
by Moorad Choudhry, Gino Landuyt
Hardcover: 198 Pages (2010-11-02)
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New banking and investment business models to navigate the post-financial crisis environment

The financial crisis of 2007-2008 has discredited business models in the banking and fund management industries. In The Future of Finance, Moorad Choudhry and Gino Landuyt argue that banks must realign their business models, implying a lower return-on-equity; diversifying their funding sources; and increasing liquidity reserves. On the investment side, the authors discuss how diversification did not reduce risk, but rather amplified it, and failed to stabilize returns. The authors conclude that the clear lesson from the crisis is to know one's risk. A lesson that is best served by concentrating on assets and sectors that you understand.

  • Examines the weaknesses in the business models of many institutions, as well as the theoretical foundation for professionals in the field of finance
  • Identifies the shortcomings of Modern Portfolio Theory
  • Addresses how investment managers can find new strategies for creating "alpha" and why they need to re-vamp their fee structures

Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, The Future of Finance will provide bankers and investment managers with a guide to realigning their businesses in order to prosper in the post-crisis financial markets. ... Read more

9. Vault Career Guide to Investment Banking, 6th Edition
by Tom Lott
Paperback: 176 Pages (2008-02-25)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$15.00
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Asin: 1581315325
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The Guide covers the basics of financial markets, including walk-throughs of equity and fixed income offerings, and M&A private placements and reorgs, and dissects career paths and job responsibilities at departments such as corporate finance, sales and trading, research, and syndicate. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good read for the aspiring undergraduate/business school ibanker
This book is effective in explaining the overall functions of an investment bank within the larger investment community and how the different divisions co-exist inside the bank.Worthwhile read for those aspiring bankers to develop an understanding of the relentless culture that is investment banking.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book To Have For Investment Banking
This book is a good book to have, but I can't say it's the best. It is very detailed about what exactly investment bankers do and the different services they provide. Otherwise, there is little to no information about the lifestyle of investment banking, the qualifications to becoming an investment banker, the best banks for investment banking etc.
I would recommend Private Wealth Management by Vault Career Guides

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for General Information
This guide provides a general overview of the investment banking industry - all the divisions and opportunities, positions available, salaries, hours, etc.I recommend it to anyone who wants a very honest and straightfoward description of I-banking.This book is great for sparking interest, but further investigation in desired fields is necessary. Aside from the numerous typos and poor editing, the guide has served me well. ... Read more

10. Banking with the Beard: Secrets of a Master Banker
by Freddy Bentivegna
Paperback: 224 Pages (2005-04-05)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$24.00
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Asin: 0976622815
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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An in-depth instructional guide to the science of bank pool billiards by Bank Pool Hall of Famer, Freddy The Beard Bentivegna, peppered throughout with hustling road stories and anecdotes. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars banking with the beard
This is a FIVE STAR book. Until this book there hasn't been much worth while information on learning how to make bank shots in pool & billiards. Even if you only play 8 ball or 9 ball, this book is a must. It will make a huge difference in your game. If your new to pool and billiards, don't let the advanced nature of this book scare you away. What you will find, there are bank shots that are so easy, your Grandma could make them. If you have been playing a while and you are reluctant to take the bank shot, jump on this book. Improve your banking and you could jump to the next plateau.

The book has a lot of the writers pool stories. They are entertaining, but for me, I prefer the meat, banking and not the potatoes, pool stories. If you enjoy playing pool you need to own this book.

I gave both of the writer's books the exact same review. He has tackled a subject, that most other billiard books have only given a paragraph and some times a short chapter.

4-0 out of 5 stars great book on bank shots
Great info/illustrations. I think this book has helped me understand the "science" of bankshots. I believe I make more bankshots than before, and think this has allowed me to win more matches.This method requires a bit of mental math when setting up for shots, but after time it becomes very quick and easy. I'd recommend this book for anyone that gets very frustrated by bank shots or just wants to learn more about the inner workings of the game of pool.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must For Pool and Billiard Players !
Banking With The Beard and The Gospool Of Banking by Freddy Bentivegna should be read by every player who wants to improve their game..as a matter of fact this book should be in every math teachers library as well..give me a room full of un-interested students, and I will take Freddy's books, and a pool table, and at the end of the day, not only will they understand fractions, geometry, and a little trig, but they will like it..I have personally thanked Freddy for the greatest game improvement tools in my fifty years of passion for the game..

5-0 out of 5 stars WAY BETTER THAN EXPECTED
Banking with the Beard by Freddy Bentivegna was far better and far more informative than expected.As a lifelong pool player ( I'm 62) Ithought I had figured out most things on a pool table. WHAT A JOKE. Much of what I read on AZ billiards and the techniques to improve your play are questionable at best.That's why Freddy's book is such a RARE GEM.Yesterday I spent 3-4 hours working ON ONE PAGE.This is a book that can take a 9-ball player's game to another level and a 1-pockets player's game to who knows where.Well written,very well organized, great read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Banking made EASY!!
A great read for any level of pool player.By far one of the best books on pool i have ever read.The book will pay for itself in no time. ... Read more

11. Vault Career Guide to Investment Banking, 5th Edition
by Tom Lott
Paperback: 192 Pages (2005-03-25)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$299.99
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Asin: 1581313063
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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One of Vault's bestselling titles, this guide covers the basics of financial markets, including walk-throughs of equity and fixed income offerings, M&A, and private placements. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? AND HE HAS A MBA ?!!!
My goodness, where do I begin...TYPOS, GRAMMATICAL ERRORS AND A TON OF NONSENSE about life on "the Street". I spent 5 years on Wall Street in various areas of the industry at 2 of the top 5 firms and another one of the top 10 firms. I bought the book because I thought it might give me a basic overview of other areas I might be able to move into and plan a stategy to do. Geez, I was awestruck at the amount of poor writing and overinflated depictions of life in I-Banking. Spare me! I was shocked that the authors made it out of high school much less college and prestigious business program. (I should apply to the school and tell them you can't tell me "no" because you said "yes" to this guy, and look how he writes and openly acknowledges he's an alumni member.) Spend your money elsewhere. Find folks in the business. You will fare much better. This should get negative stars for a poor attempt at a marketing/advertising book attempting to be substantive.

1-0 out of 5 stars LOTS of grammatical errors, sparse useful info
Let me just say that there are waaay better books out there on the subject, even if you just want to get a brief rundown. And you needn't even be a grammar nut like myself to feel antsy about when the next spelling or syntax error is going to show up, because there's an average of one per page. Honestly, I couldn't get through half the book, but I'm pretty sure there was nothing in the latter pages to make up for it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A simple book that gives you basic understanding of investment banking
This is a book written in very simple language, explaining the basics of investment banking.I liked the book because it is not very big, and everything is explained in very simple terms.Probably not the best choice for those who are looking to gain in-depth knowledge.Found a few typos here and there.

2-0 out of 5 stars Just a big advertisement really...
This is the second Vault guide that I have read, and the second disappointment that I have had with this series.I really isn't a career guide at all, just a very short back ground on what IB is.You can find a description of IB on the internet for free.The only redeeming value is the "day in a life of", but even then, there are only a dozen pages or so.In all, you can find most of what is in the book for free on the internet.I won't be buying any more vault products, as they have little information, and more pages of ads for other vault products than pages of usefull information. ... Read more

12. Microeconomics of Banking, 2nd Edition
by Xavier Freixas, Jean-Charles Rochet
Hardcover: 384 Pages (2008-04-30)
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Asin: 0262062704
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Over the last thirty years, a new paradigm in banking theory has overturned economists' traditional vision of the banking sector. The asymmetric information model, extremely powerful in many areas of economic theory, has proven useful in banking theory both for explaining the role of banks in the economy and for pointing out structural weaknesses in the banking sector that may justify government intervention. In the past, banking courses in most doctoral programs in economics, business, or finance focused either on management or monetary issues and their macroeconomic consequences; a microeconomic theory of banking did not exist because the Arrow-Debreu general equilibrium model of complete contingent markets (the standard reference at the time) was unable to explain the role of banks in the economy. This text provides students with a guide to the microeconomic theory of banking that has emerged since then, examining the main issues and offering the necessary tools for understanding how they have been modeled.

This second edition covers the recent dramatic developments in academic research on the microeconomics of banking, with a focus on four important topics: the theory of two-sided markets and its implications for the payment card industry; "non-price competition" and its effect on the competition-stability tradeoff and the entry of new banks; the transmission of monetary policy and the effect on the functioning of the credit market of capital requirements for banks; and the theoretical foundations of banking regulation, which have been clarified, although recent developments in risk modeling have not yet led to a significant parallel development of economic modeling. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars good
this book gives a good overview over the literature. sadly, the models introduced in the text and in the exercises are often set up poorly (some variables and parameters are never defined, timing assumptions are not discussed, etc).

4-0 out of 5 stars A good theoretical book on banking
I found this book very useful to introduce my postgraduate students to the core microeconomic theories of financial intermediation. Several chapters have been updated in the second edition to include the latest developments in the literature. Many papers, theoretical and empirical, are also commented, and a large set of references are provided. Nevertheless, some derivations aren't crystal clear, and some minor mistakes still remain. In any case, this is the best textbook on microeconomics of banking in the market.

5-0 out of 5 stars The reference handbook
Really interesting to understand these complex systems, i really think that is "the" book recommended. ... Read more

13. The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
by Ron Chernow
Paperback: 848 Pages (2010-01-13)
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The House of Morgan is the most ambitious history ever written about an American banking dynasty. Hailed as an investigative masterpiece, it traces the trajectory of the J. P. Morgan empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the crash of 1987 and beyond. A rich, panoramic story of four generations of Morgans and the powerful, secretive firms they spawned, it is the definitive account of the rise of the modern financial world.

From the period glamor of the late nineteenth century to secret alliances during both world wars, The House of Morgan is studded with startling revelations about the men and women -- Henry Ford, Franklin Roosevelt, Nancy Astor, Winston Churchill, Adnan Khashoggi, Paul Volcker, and many others -- who have transformed the financial and political world in the past 150 years. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Authoritative: Morgan, domestic/international king pin, then part of the financial pack
I found Chernow's story of Morgan from the 1860s up to FDR riveting. Though Morgan's influence then diminished, Morgan was a significant player, with and against the U. S. government, through World War II. The remainder of his book is fine history that describes changes in both domestic and international through the eyes of the House of Morgan.

This highly personalized book provides intriguing insights into how J. P. Morgan: 1) became critical to the growth of corporate America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; 2) became dominant in international finance, often with a cozy U. S. government relationship; 3) after the creation of the Federal Reserve and, under FDR, the Glass-Steagall Act, the nature of the Morgan bank changed significantly; and 4) the intricate relationships between J. P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Morgan Grenfill, as the nature of modern finance changed dramatically during the latter decades of the 20th century.

For historians, the role that the Morgan family played in the creation of modern corporate America is fascinating. In an era characterized by some as the `Robber Barons,' J. P. Morgan instilled a degree of trust and orderliness that contributed significantly to corporate development. First with the railroad, and then with industrial giants, J. P. was the dominant figure. He also, on several occasions, provided critical, U. S. government-supported intervention that stabilized a potential fiscal crash.

J. P., and his son Jack, were unusual characters. J. P. lived in a grandiose style, often worked only a few months annually, and collected mistresses with a passion similar to his acquisition of art. He was as great a philanderer as he was a philanthropist. Jack, like his father, was an Anglophile who lived many months of the year in England. His likes and dislikes (Jews, Germans, and other non-Wasps) affected how he did business. They both were powerful (J. P. especially) and lonely.

The Morgan bank, during the U. S.'s `neutrality' during the early years of WW I, played a critical role, with concurrence from the U. S. and the British governments, in arranging the financing and provision of billions of dollars of war materials. WW I and its aftermath marked the swift emergence of Wall Street internationally, with the House of Morgan the dominant player. Thomas Lamont and other Morgan partners were world-class diplomatic bankers. At times they worked in concert with the U. S. government. Less savory was Lamont's fronting for the Japanese after the Manchurian takeover and for Mussolini through his invasion of Ethiopia.

Morgan partners, initially kept at arm's length by a skeptical FDR, were FDR's allies in initiatives to support Great Britain early in WW II. Subsequently, J. P. Morgan seemed to flounder, as the nature of finance swiftly changed. Morgan Stanley had a far more dynamic period. After the key Morgans and their principal partners had gone, Morgan experienced a renaissance sparked by a 1959 merger with Guaranty Trust. The creation of Morgan Guaranty affected the long-standing intimacy, elitism, and privacy that had been Morgan hallmarks.

Much of Chernow's book deals with the personalities, the fast-changing financial world, and how this affected the major Morgan entities from 1960 to the close of the 1980s. While these are important insights on the volatile dynamics of modern finance, for me this lacks the uniqueness of the early part of the book, which tells the extraordinary story of how J. P. Morgan and the House of Morgan impacted the United States and the world.One can see, in the cut-throat tactics, the greed, and the high-risk trading that Chernow describes in his final chapters, that major financial crises were likely in the 21st century.No one could establish the trust and orderliness that J. P. provided a century earlier. Moreover, a small cabal of bankers no longer had the financial resources to smooth a financial tsunami.

Personally I had the privilege of experiencing J. P. Morgan & Company on several occasions. When I ran Moody's Investors Service's international operations in the early 1970s, I worked with J. P. Morgan on a possible joint initiative to service the petrodollar bulge experienced by Saudi Arabia. In 1983, as a management consultant, I designed a location restructuring of J. P. Morgan operations that resulted in the siting of major operations in Delaware. Having conducted studies for over 70 U. S. corporations, I found none that had the professionalism, integrity, and effective cooperative-decision-making exhibited by Morgan. I then considered Morgan exceptional.

The profound changes in finance described by Chernow through the 1980s eventually rendered J. P. Morgan & Company an anachronism. In 2000 it was the secondary partner in a merger of necessity with Chase and, as a separate entity, is no more. In deference to the magic of the Morgan name, this new bank is called JPMorganChase.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well-Researched and Informative
Ron Chernow's National Book Award winner "The House of Morgan" is a long, sprawling, and ambitious biography of the financial institution that built American finance.There are a few books on finance - James Stewart's "Den of Thieves" and Michael Lewis' "Liar's Poker - that transcend the genre and are startling, exciting, and compelling reads.Like most books on finance, "The House of Morgan" while well-researched and informative is mainly tedious and painstaking.

JP Morgan built the transatlantic House of Morgan (which was based in New York, London, Philadelphia, and Paris) but he had also inherited a strong financial institution in a time when strong financial institutions were solely needed.Capital markets weren't developed and corporations were immature, lacking the professional management class that typified the American Fortune 500 company of today.As their banker JP Morgan essentially controlled America's industrial giants, and the financier would possess power unimaginable today.

JP Morgan was a benevolent dictator, and thought that as long as he was dictator the world would be benevolent.As the man who built American finance and the capitalist system, JP Morgan disliked competition and freedom.There was a Gentleman's Code in banking, a code that JP Morgan followed as his religion:absolutely loyalty and discretion between banker and client, and no competition among bankers for clients.When American politicians and journalists thought that he had too much power for his own good and berated at him at Congressional hearings he and his family felt America too cruel (the Morgans were always Anglophiles anyway).In JP Morgan's worldview he practiced self-control and discretion, and what he did was in the best interest of America.And this was true to an extent, since he essentially financed America's industrial rise and helped mitigate the over-production, competition, and speculation of that age.

The other major figure of the House of Morgan was Tom Lamont, JP Morgan's heir.Mr. Chernow is deferential to the point of reverential throughout the book, but no one gets more of his praise and is less deserving than Tom Lamont.He is a man who was a brilliant practitioner of what Orwell called "double-think."He could on one hand be friends with writers, support humanitarian causes, and advocate liberalism, yet was steadfast friends with Mussolini, even going to the point of being Il Duce's American press agent.

After Tom Lamont both the House of Morgan and the book spiral out of control.The House of Morgan was too spread out to remain a fraternity in a time of growing unfettered competition, and the House of Morgan had too many siblings - JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Morgan Guaranty, and Morgan Grenfell were the major ones - for a book to be able to maintain focus over 720 pages.

The last three decades have proven JP Morgan to be wrong.He first and foremost believed that character was enough to control conduct, and laws, regulations, government, and even the market weren't necessary.It's hard to say what he would think of his beloved empire and his fellow bankers today - the greed and stupidity, the crassness and callousness.He might be shocked.But chances are he would look in disbelief, and forgot all about it and sail away on the world's largest yacht.

3-0 out of 5 stars WAY Too Much That Is Of Little Interest
My disclosure here is that I have not finished this book; in fact I have read only the first hundred pages (or so); but it would take more determination than I possess to continue with it.Despite the appeal and importance of its subject, this book is dull.

The book deserves up to 3 stars only because it seems VERY well researched (as evidenced by the book's overwhelming detail).But detail is good only so long as it remains readable, and for me it was not readable.I wish the author had moved the story along more fluently and, instead, had placed most details in footnotes.

In short:Apparently commendable research, but an unnecessarily difficult read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too much for me.
The book was so big and the print so small I just gave up after a short time trying to read it.

3-0 out of 5 stars So much to tell ... so little said
I purchased this book from Amazon after reading the many glowing reviews and the few negative ones. My objective was to learn how J.P.Morgan and his descendents garnered so much power. Throughout the read I was thinking about my reaction. Early on and fairly significantly, Ron Chernow appears to be an uber-semite. First it's distracting, then annoying, then discrediting. This turned out to be a good thing for me for as I read anecdote after anecdote I Googled to get the real story (what a wonderful resource is the internet).

As a source of leads it was quite valuable in that regard. As a result of these searches I returned again and again feeling betrayed by the author. I felt like I was reading a pretty paint job by a publicist rather than a serious treatment of the real history. In the end, perusing the list offootnotes and sources I was left asking, how, with this access to such a treasure trove of facts did Chernow lose the beef?

And in answer to my question "how did J.P.Morgan and his descendents garner so much power"? The answer was quite simple ... contacts starting with George Peabody. After this study it seems pretty remarkable that the Morgans, with their limited personal capabilities, didn't blow the opportunities that were laid at their feet. This was evidently Chernow's first book contract. I presume since this writing he has gotten better. ... Read more

14. The Fast Track: The Insider's Guide to Winning Jobs in Management Consulting, Investment Banking, & Securities Trading
by Mariam Naficy
Paperback: 368 Pages (1997-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Get an Insider's Edge on Launching Your Career.

Are you thinking about working for the likes of McKinsey, Merrill Lynch, or Salomon Brothers?Thousands of undergraduates, MBA students, and others are rushing for prestigious entry-level positions in the highly competitive and lucrative fields of management consulting, investment banking, and securities trading.How are you going to compete?In The Fast Track, experienced recruiter and fast-track insider Mariam Naficy helps you make the right decisions every step of the way as she guides you through the rigorous, highly specialized recruiting process.The Fast Track includes:

  • Comprehensive job descriptions of consultants, analysts, and traders, explained in layperson terms.
  • Over twenty in-depth interviews with people in the business at every level from first-year analysts to CEOs and recruiting managers.
  • Tips on preparing an irresistible rsum, giving a great interview, and choosing the right firm.Listen in as recruiters at a top firm review candidates they interviewed.
  • Profiles of the top forty firms across the country with information you can't find anywhere else, including career paths, office culture, and interviews with employees. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone considering Consulting or Investment Banking!
    I read this book during the summer before I started business school, and it was an eye-opener.It gave a very honest, deep look at both the consulting and investment banking professions.When I began reading the book, I was interested in Investment Banking, by the time I finished, I had my heart set on the COnsulting world.It allowed me to be very ready when I started interviewing for Consulting jobs, where they often ask questions about your readiness for the Consulting lifestyle.

    This is a must read for anyone who is not extremely familiar with these industries but is considering entering one of them.There is a very real possibility that you will change your mind on which industry to enter, or whether to enter the industry at all.This could be best tiny investment you ever make.

    Good Luck!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Mind the Gap
    Naficy's work is helpful for building a general understanding of these industries, the attributes sought in potential hires, and how to demonstrate these attributes.

    Those serious about fast track careers should supplement their reading.This book was published in 1997 and is sorely in need of an update.To address your coverletters to Andersen Consulting would be a serious blooper (they are now Accenture).Although expensive, WetFeet and Vault publish some phenomenal in-depth reports that are more candid and current.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the best prep book out there
    I came from an Ivy school and got offers from Goldman and Morgan Stanley coming out.My junior year I was recommended this book by a college career counselor as the one indispensable book to own.I agree and have recommended the same to others asking me for advice.It won't get you the job on its own (internet research and calls with former/current employees are a must), but its explanations of management consulting and investment banking are hugely helpful for approaching the interview process.Vault and Wetfeet are fine but too specific -- an applicant who has read this book and understands the overall shape of these two career paths and the goals behind the recruiting process for each will be much better prepared for the rigorous post-college interview process.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Only for Ivy Leaguers
    Like some of the others had mentioned, this book is more targeted towards students with degrees from elite schools.This book actually gave me further insight into how discriminating the hiring processes are.Basically, everything in your life that happens between the youthful ages of 18-22 will determine whether or not you can get into investment banking.

    This industry ignorantly rewards people who succeeded during an age when they were barely out of their parents' watchful eye.Certainly, such Ivy Leaguers deserve credit for their achievements;but why must such ignorance exist?What about someone with a 4.0 from an above-average university (ie. Univ. of Wisconsin, UCLA, Miami of Ohio) who didn't attend an Ivy League school merely because they didn't exceed a 1300 on an SAT AT THE AGE OF 17????

    In short, this book reaches a limited audience, and reveals how narrow-minded the recruiting processes of the industry are.After reading this book, I learned that if you haven't been perfect (or close to perfect) in your academics by the age of 18 or so, you can kiss a career in investment banking good-bye...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing...
    This is an amazinglingly helpful book for college student of all years who want to do Investment Banking and/or Consulting.

    Started looking into similar stuff more than a year ago. Bought this book 3 month ago, just read it yesterday.

    Reading the book is like hearing your bigger bro/sis telling you about the walks they have walked, about challegens you feel very uncertain/frustrated, and about what things REALLY are and how they could be done the BEST. Those experiecens are not told in a cold tone like in Vault or in some drab books by professionals who write resum/cover letter for a living. It is rather put together in a knowledgable, guiding, rich-in-"meaningful"-example andwilling-to-help way. Author's intention and effort in basing the knowledge of job-hunting process on what you may feel about certain things and what you may want to know the most are evident too.

    Author's own experience where she "battled through grueling recrueting season, totaling about seventy-five intervews..." and getting into Goldman Sachs, and later into Gemini is curcial in above regards. ... Read more

  • 15. Commercial Banking: The Management of Risk
    by James W.Kolari, Benton E.Gup
    Hardcover: 580 Pages (2004-08-13)
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    Asin: 0471469491
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    From the growth of electronic banking, to the rapid rise in overseas operations, to deregulation and recent laws, Gup and Kolari's Commercial Banking: The Management of Risk, Third Edition will help you understand these new realities and keep up with what's happening in the banking industry. With a strong emphasis on managing risk and maximizing profit, this up-to-date text provides a comprehensive, practical introduction to bank management and current banking practices used to control different kinds of risk. You'll examine the factors that affect the value of a bank and techniques for managing that value including the use of financial derivatives. You'll also explore the principal lending activities to businesses and individuals from the point of view of both the bank and the borrower. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Commercial Banking: The management of risk
    I have recommended this book to my students the past three years. Infact, it's the textbook for my Commercial Banking course. I guess a fourth edition is long overdue. The industry is so dynamic that constant review is the only way to remain current. Otherwise, it's an excellent resource. ... Read more

    16. Modern Blood Banking And Transfusion Practices
    by Denise M. Harmening
    Hardcover: 543 Pages (2005-03-10)
    list price: US$88.00 -- used & new: US$47.30
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    Asin: 0803612486
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    Modern Blood Banking and Transfusion Practices continues to set the standard for teaching and learning modern blood banking. Thorough, yet concise, the fifth edition begins with a review of basic science, plus the history of blood preservation, and continues to provide students with a working knowledge of modern blood banking as it focuses on the how and why of transfusion practice, presenting a perfect "crossmatch" of theory and practice. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
    Having read the 2 previous editions this is what I expected. It may be a bit too adnced for first year MLS students. I wanted even more details.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Blood Bank Book
    This is a very good blood bank book.In college we just used the technical manual for blood bank and it was very confusing, but in my clinical internship we used this book (Harmening) and it was fantastic.It has everything you would ever want to know or need to know about bloodbank in it, and it is presented in a way that is very clear and easy to understand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introductory book to Blood Banking
    This book is practical and concise. It is easy to understand and has most of the pertinent topics in blood banking and transfusion medicine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most Awesome Blood Banking Book!!
    Modern Blood Banking And Transfusion Practices

    This is an awesome text for blood banking!! It is very up-to-date & summarizes everything really well. Easy to read! LOVE IT

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
    This book is an excellent resource if you're studying for the SBB exam. Along with the AABB technical manual, you have a wealth of knowledge and experience covering every topic with easy to read detail. ... Read more

    17. Banking and Financial Institutions Law in a Nutshell, 7th (West Nutshell)
    by William A. Lovett
    Paperback: 511 Pages (2009-08-18)
    list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$30.96
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    Asin: 0314184236
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Authoritative coverage provides a foundation for understanding recent developments in banking and financial institutions. Text covers subjects such as increased competition, deregulation, bank and thrift failures, large-scale bailout, and restructuring efforts. Unresolved challenges include budget stimulus, deficits, and renewed supervision by regulators. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars who is this book intended for?
    This book is not near current enough in its scope of laws and regulations ( despite this edition is 2009!). Im not who this book intended for, hopefully not would be or practicing lawyers or bankers. The fact it goes into archaic philosophy at the very beginning should tell you that this book will disappoint. Nowhere in this book is Charles (Chuck) Prince mentioned who had much to do w/ the procreational of The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 with his powerplays; which is the most single important act since probably the FDIC improvement Act of 91. West Law should forget the weak history lesson and get to the on nitty gritty on bank law, if it needs to fill pages it can add the theoretical "why" to these laws....but for the low price of $23, you get what you pay for. Dont cheat yourself on bank laws, you are only hurting yourself. I would recommend this to a college senior unsure if they want to study bank/securities law in law school, this may give them an idea if tis for them or not.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Could be much better.
    Needs to be much more nuts and boltsy, and less soft survey like.As an example, doesn't even define what makes a bank regulatable as a bank -- one of the most basic issues in banking law.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Like It, Lovett, Want more of it
    This book is an excellent source. Lovett traces the development of the current trends in banking and financial law, beginning with the First Bank of the U.S. The book also explains how banking law evolved with respect tothe existing economic and political climate. Buy this book!There is nobetter synopsis of banking/financial law. ... Read more

    18. Economics of Money, Banking, and Financial Markets plus MyEconLab Student Access Kit , The, Seventh Edition
    by Frederic S. Mishkin
    Hardcover: 768 Pages (2003-07-11)
    list price: US$125.40 -- used & new: US$56.69
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    Asin: 0321200497
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This market-leading text provides the most authoritative, applications-rich coverage of key concepts, models, and issues in money and banking. Frederick Mishkin previously held the post of Executive Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. His writing style, latest research, and discussion of policy issues keep his text at the forefront of money and banking.Every new student textbook comes with an access kit to MyEconLab for Mishkin, an online suite of student and instructor tools built around an online version of the entire textbook. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good book
    This book is well edited very easy to understand and very practical to learn the material

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great full introduction to financial markets
    Excellent global introduction to financial markets. The book features the classic issues on economic policies, banking businesses and finally the role of the central banks.

    Great explanation about banking accounting, in an very easy way, as well as a first fixed income landscape.

    If you are looking for a first global financial markets and banking book, that's your one. If you are looking for a furher view only on financial institutions, your next book should be Modern Banking.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good book for undergrads
    We used this book in our international finance class in univ of chicago. what i have is the 2nd edition but i have to admit this is a really comprehensive and clearly organized book, it is an ideal book for people who are interested in getting a general picture of money, banking and basic exchange rates. one drawback i can think of is the price.

    4-0 out of 5 stars About the MyEconLab attachment to this book
    If you're an independent learner; that is, not enrolled as a student in a course at a school, OR IF YOU ARE, BUT THE INSTRUCTOR IS NOT PARTICIPATING (Using the MyEconLab software for course materials), and thus can't provide you with a COURSEID, a warning about the MyEconLab study aid attachment to this textbook; the instructions for registering to use MyEconLab are less than candid.

    They just say that without a CourseId you can still access "most of the online resources listed." You are directed to a generic Mishkin web site instead of registering at the main MyEconLab portal.

    Being an honest person, I used the alternate registration. I was still asked for the ZIP for my school; I used my own. I then got a list of local schools or "Other" to choose from. I chose other, and entered "Independent Learner".

    The registration then completed; the confirmation stated it is only good for SIX MONTHS.

    If you go to the main MyEconLab Web portal shown in the user manual after registering as a non-student, your user ID will not be recognized. You have to use a generic portal for the Mishkin textbook instead.

    What you get there is:

    e-textbook, glossary, FLASH animated graphs, chapter quizzes and Web links from the textbook margins
    The Weekly news selection (web links, so may expire; earliest was Aug. 2004)
    The "Chapter Readings" in journals, etc. (ditto above)

    Since these can expire at their parent web sites, I suggest you take the precaution of printing them out (I use Acrobat to make PDF files or download PDF files if available at the source). Also check out any links in the articles and do the same.

    The Readings are probably the best of what you DO get, along with the animations and quizzes. The web links are updated, that's OK if you're not good at figuring that sort of thing out for yourself.

    There is also a series of Chapter Appendices, not printed in the book, available with the e-text of the book at the alternate site.


    "Foundations Interactive" (whatever that is)
    "MathXL for Econ" - the math review tutorial (would be nice)
    "Research Navigator"
    "eThemes of the Times"

    The last two are a REAL Disappointment to me, because the Navigator (see textbook Preface) is supposed (among other things) to provide "a complete YEAR of search for full-text articles from the New York Times" and "Best of Web Link Library of peer-reviewed web sites." The last is described in the Preface as "thematically related articles from the NYTimes accompanied by critical-thinking questions." I was looking forward to these, because the NYTimes charges $$ by the article for archived (non-current) articles, and this can get expensive in a hurry, and an increasing number of other web sites, including industry association journals are now similarly archive and have paid access only.

    So without being enrolled in a class that has an instructor who is using the course material software, you won't be able to access some of the BEST of the advertised materials of the MyEconLab add on.

    They could have been clearer about WHAT exactly you would have had access to. They also could have said that the non-student registration is only good for 6 months, since the description of the NYTimes access for a full year (which you don't get at all) might reasonably lead one to infer that the registration is valid for a year.

    And I fail to see why they couldn't throw in at least the Math review tutorial, since it wouldn't seem to involve any kind of outside contract or royalty such as the NYTimes access might.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow, an Econ book that is actually easy to understand!
    I'm on Chapter 4 of this book, and I'm surprised at how clear and concise the author is. The sections are broken up very well and provide side titles in case you ever need to flip back to a certain topic. ... Read more

    19. Banking on the Future: The Fall and Rise of Central Banking
    by Howard Davies, David Green
    Hardcover: 320 Pages (2010-05-02)
    list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$28.08
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    Asin: 0691138648
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    The crash of 2008 revealed that the world's central banks had failed to offset the financial imbalances that led to the crisis, and lacked the tools to respond effectively. What lessons should central banks learn from the experience, and how, in a global financial system, should cooperation between them be enhanced? Banking on the Future provides a fascinating insider's look into how central banks have evolved and why they are critical to the functioning of market economies. The book asks whether, in light of the recent economic fallout, the central banking model needs radical reform.

    Supported by interviews with leading central bankers from around the world, and informed by the latest academic research, Banking on the Future considers such current issues as the place of asset prices and credit growth in anti-inflation policy, the appropriate role for central banks in banking supervision, the ways in which central banks provide liquidity to markets, the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of central banks, the culture and individuals working in these institutions, as well as the particular issues facing emerging markets and Islamic finance. Howard Davies and David Green set out detailed policy recommendations, including a reformulation of monetary policy, better metrics for financial stability, closer links with regulators, and a stronger emphasis on international cooperation.

    Exploring a crucial sector of the global economic system, Banking on the Future offers new ideas for restoring financial strength to the foundations of central banking.

    ... Read more

    20. Foundations of Banking Risk: An Overview of Banking, Banking Risks, and Risk-Based Banking Regulation (Wiley Finance)
    by GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals)
    Paperback: 264 Pages (2009-08-17)
    list price: US$95.00 -- used & new: US$38.99
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    Asin: 0470442190
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    GARP's Foundations of Banking Risk and Regulation introduces risk professionals to the advanced components and terminology in banking risk and regulation globally. It helps them develop an understanding of the methods for the measurement and management of credit risk and operational risk, and the regulation of minimum capital requirements. It educates them about banking regulation and disclosure of market information. The book is GARP's required text used by risk professionals looking to obtain their International Certification in Banking Risk and Regulation. ... Read more

    Customer Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The only book of its kind
    I came across this book a couple of weeks ago.For the last several years, I have been actively involved in banking and banking risk management.This is the first and only treatment of risk management for banks that I have found to be practical and useful. ... Read more

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