Finance in America: An Unfinished Story


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University of Chicago Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 1.1 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Kevin R. Brine is an author, artist, and private investor. A Wall Street veteran, Brine spent over two decades as a board member and senior executive of a prominent investment management and research company and subsequently served on the board of a New York Stock Exchange insurance company. Mary Poovey has recently retired from her position as Samuel Rudin University Professor in the Humanities at New York University. She is the author of numerous books, including A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society and Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating Value in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain.


"A truly magisterial history of the American financial system. Finance in America will be the textbook for a generation or more, for those wishing to understand what has become one of America's most prominent economic sectors."
-- "American Affairs"
"An altogether remarkable scholarly achievement. In Finance in America: An Unfinished Story, Kevin Brine and Mary Poovey embed the development of economic and financial theory in the United States in its historical and institutional context. Further, they illuminate the interdependent relationship of the 'real' and the 'financial' sides of the economy. This is of profound importance and represents a welcome commitment to the intellectual bridge-building so needed between the domains of economic and financial theorizing. Essential reading for anyone with a stake in the ongoing story of American finance."-- "William H. Janeway, author of Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy"
"Few issues are more important than whether and how economies and their financial systems are rendered visible. All readers with a serious interest in that issue will benefit from Brine and Poovey's remarkably comprehensive history."-- "Donald MacKenzie, University of Edinburgh"
"The authors of this book are respectively a non-academic Wall Street practitioner and a non-economist academic, but the text is nonetheless of considerable interest to economists and in particular to historians of economics . . . the overall effect is to make clear how economics and finance, presented in modern textbooks as a matter of the logical workings of a closed mathematical model, in fact arose not only in bits and pieces but more importantly in concrete practice."-- "History of Political Economy"