“Rhode Island’s Forgotten Power Broker and the Founding of the Federal Reserve”

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In America’s Bank (Penguin Press), journalist and author Roger Lowenstein tells the drama-laden story of how the United States created the Federal Reserve, thereby taking its first steps onto the world stage as a global financial power.

The book showcases Lowenstein at his finest: illuminating complex financial and political issues with striking clarity, infusing the debates of our past with all the gripping immediacy of today, and painting unforgettable portraits of Gilded Age bankers, presidents, and politicians.

Prominent among those portraits is that of Senator Nelson W. Aldrich, and on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 5:30pm, Lowenstein will visit the Aldrich House (where we have an actual portrait) to present the talk “Nelson Aldrich: Rhode Island’s Forgotten Power Broker and the Founding of the Federal Reserve.”

This event is free, but requires an RSVP. Those interested in attending may reserve a seat via this link: https://docs.google.com/a/rihs.org/forms/d/19FmTb9Tasw3yXlF_fSZQjoNYiu_KLgzp6HnvgYf2fnQ/edit?usp=sharing.

Roger Lowenstein reported for The Wall Street Journal for more than a decade. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Review of Books, Fortune, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. His books include Buffett, When Genius Failed, Origins of the Crash, While America Aged, and The End of Wall Street.

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