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The Merchant Bankers by Joseph Wechsberg (107,000 words)

“This is a collection of casual articles about the seemingly forbidding subject of merchant banking and about some of the world’s most outstanding and venerable merchant bankers — Hambros, Barings, Warburg, in London; Mattioli in Milan; Abs in Frankfurt; Lehman Brothers in New York; and the Rothschilds in Paris and London... Joseph Wechsberg gives the history of each of these institutions, most of which remain family controlled, and he presents profiles of the men who are or have been their guiding lights, whose very character serves to distinguish each of these mysterious citadels from the other and from lesser breeds in the more understandable area of commercial banking. The most remarkable feature of this truly fascinating book is the amount of knowledge the author brings to bear upon his subject in a most unobtrusive way. The articles are rich in information and a pleasure to read.” —

“Mr. Wechsberg... has selected the names of seven merchant banks and bankers and written the story of each with a sparkling lucidity that is reminiscent of
New Yorker Profiles... Mr. Wechsberg’s sketches of men and institutions make good reading.” — Saturday Review

New Yorker Correspondent Joseph Wechsberg[’s]... stories have a richness of color and some details of remarkable deals that have turned money into factories, jobs and useful products for everybody’s compound interest.” — Time Magazine