AUTHORCoit, Margaret L.
TITLEMr. Baruch
PUBLISHERThe Riverside Press
CITYCambridge, MA

This comprehensive biography of Bernard Mannes Baruch provides extensive information regarding the life of the American financier, stock-market speculator, statesman, and political consultant. Published in 1957, the 695-page history follows Baruch from his childhood in the antebellum South to his financial success and record of public service up to the time of the book's publication. Well-researched and including material from Baruch's personal papers, the account presents a vivid portrait of Baruch in the context of the events and world view of his times. The author, a Pulitzer prize winner, also speculates as to why Baruch stayed on the edge of politics when he had the opportunity to become a major player in it. Baruch served as an advisor to six U.S. presidents and was appointed by U.S. President Harry S. Truman in 1946 as a representative to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (UNAEC). The indexed book includes photos and the text of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s letter appointing Baruch as Chairman of the War Industries Board in 1918.

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