When Washington Shut Down Wall Street: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914 and the Origins of America’s Monetary Supremacy

When Washington Shut Down Wall Street: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914 and the Origins of America’s Monetary SupremacyWhen Washington Shut Down Wall Street: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914 and the Origins of America's Monetary Supremacy by William L. Silber
ISBN: 0691127476
Published by Princeton University Press on January 22nd 2007
Genres: Business & Economics, Economic History, Finance, General, Money & Monetary Policy
Pages: 217

Len's Summary: Traces Treasury Secretary William McAdoo’s triumph over the monetary crisis sparked by the start of WWI. With the central bank (the Federal Reserve System) authorized by the Owen-Glass Act of December 1913 not yet in place, he closed the American Stock Exchange for four months to prevent foreigners from selling their holding and demanding gold in return. McAdoo both honored America’s commitment to the gold standard and sustained public confidence in the banking system, preventing a repeat of the disastrous 1907 run on American banks. The author is a professor at the Stern School of Business, NYU.

Ford in the Service of America: Mass Production for the Military During the World Wars

Ford in the Service of America: Mass Production for the Military During the World WarsFord in the Service of America: Mass Production for the Military During the World Wars by Timothy J. O'Callaghan
ISBN: 9780786444854
Published by McFarland & Company on August 31st 2009
Genres: Business & Economics, Corporate & Business History, History, Military, World War I, World War II, United States, 20th Century, Transportation, Automotive, General
Pages: 198

Len's Summary: The history of Ford Motor Company’s products and achievements during two world wars.

When Money Dies: the Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany

When Money Dies: the Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar GermanyWhen Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany by Adam Fergusson
ISBN: 9781586489946
Published by PublicAffairs on 2010
Genres: Business & Economics, Economic History, Finance, General, Inflation, History, Europe, Germany
Pages: 269

Len's Summary: The post-WWI deadly hyperinflation that ruined the German middle class and brought the Weimar Republic near to collapse until rescued by the Dawes Plan of 1924.

Krupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm

Krupp: A History of the Legendary German FirmKrupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm by Harold James
ISBN: 9780691153407
Published by Princeton University Press on February 26th 2012
Genres: Business & Economics, Economic History, History, Europe, Germany, Modern, General
Pages: 360

Len's Summary: Alfred Krupp and Big Bertha in peace and war.

Fokker Fodder: The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c

Fokker Fodder: The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2cFokker Fodder: The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c by Paul R. Hare
Published by Fonthill Media on January 15th 2013
Genres: History, Military, Aviation, Business & Economics, Industries, Transportation
Pages: 160

Len's Summary: The story of the development of the B.E.2c ‘Quirk’ from 1912 with modifications that carried the type through the four years of the war by one of the UK’s premier aviations historians.

The Downfall of Money: Germany’s Hyperinflation and the Destruction of the Middle Class

The Downfall of Money: Germany’s Hyperinflation and the Destruction of the Middle ClassThe Downfall of Money: Germany’s Hyperinflation and the Destruction of the Middle Class by Fred Taylor
ISBN: 9781620402368
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on September 17th 2013
Genres: Business & Economics, Finance, General, Inflation, Money & Monetary Policy, History, Europe, Germany
Pages: 416

Len's Summary: Traces the hyperinflation of 1923 back to 1914 and war-time inflationary financing, and finds that what doomed the first German democracy (the Weimar Republic) was deflation, not inflation.

The Economics of World War I

The Economics of World War IThe Economics of World War I by Stephen Broadberry, Mark Harrison, Hugh Rockoff, Albrecht Ritschl, Max-Stephan Schulze, Şevket Pamuk, Peter Howlett, Peter Gatrell, Herman de Jong, Pierre-Cyrille Hautcoeur, Francesco Galassi
ISBN: 0521107253
Published by Cambridge University Press on April 1st 2009
Genres: Business & Economics, Economic History, Economics, Military
Pages: 364

Len's Summary: A series of essays looking at the economies and finances of the major belligerents including the Ottoman Empire, the US. England, France, Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary and Italy. See also Financing The First World War by Hugh Strachan, Oxford, 2004. // An analytical examination of the economies, economic mobilization and war finance of the principal belligerents: Germany, Austria-Hungary, The Ottoman Empire, France, the UK, Russia, Italy and the United States; as well as the neutral Netherlands. Contributors from England, the US, Germany, France, Holland and Turkey include Peter Gatrell and Hugh Rockoff.

The Plan That Broke the World: The “Schlieffen Plan” and World War I

The Plan That Broke the World: The “Schlieffen Plan” and World War IThe Plan That Broke the World: The “Schlieffen Plan” and World War I by William D. O'Neil
ISBN: 9781481955850
Published by William D. O'Neil on March 11th 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Business & Economics, Decision-Making & Problem Solving
Pages: 204

Len's Summary: Flawed decision-making in the Imperial German army general staff.

Planning Armageddon: British Economic Warfare and the First World War

Planning Armageddon: British Economic Warfare and the First World WarPlanning Armageddon: British Economic Warfare and the First World War by Nicholas A. Lambert
ISBN: 9780674063068
Published by Harvard University Press on January 1st 2012
Genres: History, Military, World War II, Strategy, Business & Economics, Economic History
Pages: 662

Len's Summary: Before the war, the Admiralty conceived an economic warfare campaign deploying Britain’s virtual monopolies in banking, communications and merchant shipping as additional weapons against Germany. These weapons proved decisive. This book received the World War One Historical Association's annual Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr., prize for the best work of history in English on World War One (1914-1918) for 2013. Professor Lambert is a Visiting Affiliate Professor at the University of Maryland. His book, 'Sir John Fisher’s Naval Revolution' (1999) won the Tomlinson 2000 prize.