A landmark work from one of the preeminent historians of our time: the first published biography of Andrew W. Mellon, the American colossus who bestrode the worlds of industry, government, and philanthropy, leaving his transformative stamp on each.
In this volume, the first published "full-scale life" of financial pioneer Andrew Mellon—who would help propel the country to become an economic powerhouse, serve under powerful White House administrations, and establish the National Gallery of Art—biographer Cannadine tackles every aspect of a towering American figure. Beginning with the boyhood immigration to Pittsburgh, Cannadine chronicles the busy buildup of Mellon's early career, as he involves himself with his father's successful real estate projects and enters the world of Pittsburgh's wealthy industrial elite. Mellon is a dynamic character, from his time as Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, which provides interesting insight into the clash of democracy and high finance, to his love of art and philanthropy. Cannadine does not shy away from painting a very frank and balanced portrait of Andrew Mellon in this valuable, comprehensive look at an important American life.
800 pages | 9.4 x 6.2 inches