For Gordon (a columnist for American Heritage), the secret behind American global power lies not in arms or politics, but in its economic power. Writing for a popular audience, he presents a narrative of the growth of that power from the arrival of the first English colonists to the end of the 1990s. His story of American agriculture, the growth of industry, changes in the banking system, and various economic scandals becomes, in the end, a celebratory history of the American economy. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Gordon is a knowledgeable and relentlessly optimistic chronicler, relating with great panache how America's turn toward liberty, growth and innovation produced wonders of synergy. He captures well the epiphanies of inventors, industrialists and speculators as these legendary self-made men spun together the fibers of American dominance. And he vividly recreates the climate of exigency that made America's wars such powerful economic catalysts. An Empire of Wealth offers a Promethean narrative of America's rise to economic dominance. Gordon's account is both highly readable and enlightening.