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Gordon was born in New York City in 1944 into a family
with the city and its
financial community. Both his grandfathers held seats on
the New York Stock Exchange. He was educated at Millbrook School and Vanderbilt
University, graduating with a B.A. in history in 1966.
After college he worked as a production editor for Harper & Row (now HarperCollins)
for six years before leaving to travel, driving a Land-Rover from New York to
Tierra del Fuego, a nine-month journey of 39,000 miles. This resulted in his
first book, Overlanding. Altogether he has driven through forty-seven countries
on five continents.
After returning to New York he served on the staffs of Congressmen Herman Badillo
and Robert Garcia. He has been a full-time writer for the last twenty years.
His second book, The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street, a history of Wall Street in
the 1860's, was published in 1988. His third book, Hamilton's Blessing: the Extraordinary
Life and Times of Our National Debt, was published in 1997. The Great Game: The
Emergence of Wall Street as a World Power, 1653-2000, was published by Scribner,
a Simon and Schuster imprint, in November, 1999. A two-hour special based on
The Great Game aired on CNBC on April 24th, 2000. His latest book, a collection
of his columns from American Heritage magazine, entitled The Business of America,
was published in July, 2001, by Walker. His history of the laying of the Atlantic
Cable, A Thread Across the Ocean, was published in June, 2002. His next book,
to be published by HarperCollins, is a history of the American economy.
He specializes in business and financial history. He has had articles published
in, among others, Forbes, Forbes ASAP, Worth, the New York Times and The Wall
Street Journal Op-Ed pages, the Washington Post's Book World and Outlook. He
is a contributing editor at American Heritage, where he has written the "Business
of America" column since 1989.
In 1991 he traveled to Europe, Africa, North and South America, and Japan with
the photographer Bruce Davidson for Schlumberger, Ltd., to create a photo essay
called "Schlumberger People," for the company's annual report.
In 1992 he was the co-writer, with Timothy C. Forbes and Steve Forbes, of Happily
Ever After?, a video produced by Forbes in honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary
of the magazine.
He is a frequent commentator on Marketplace, the daily Public Radio business-news
program heard on more than two hundred stations throughout the country. He has
appeared on numerous other radio and television shows, including New York: A
Documentary Film by Ric Burns, Business Center and Squawk Box on CNBC, and The
News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. He was a guest in 2001 on a live, two-hour
edition of Booknotes with Brian Lamb on C-SPAN.
Mr. Gordon lives in North Salem, New York. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org