Financial journalist and bestselling author of The End of Wall Street
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About Roger Lowenstein
Roger Lowenstein is one of the country’s most prominent financial journalists and the bestselling author of five books. Raised in New York, Lowenstein began his career with stints at two small newspapers, first in Virginia and then overseas in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1979, he joined The Wall Street Journal as a staff reporter. From 1989 to 1991, he wrote the Journal’s signature Heard on the Street stock market column. Later, he authored a new column for the Journal, Intrinsic Value.
Since the 1990s, Lowenstein has focused on book writing and also written extensively for national magazines. His previous books include Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist, When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-term Capital Management, Origins of the Crash, and While America Aged: How Pension Debts Ruined General Motors, Stopped the NYC Subways, Bankrupted San Diego, and Loom as the Next Financial Crisis. In reviewing While America Aged, Jeff Madrick, writing in The New York Times Book Review, said “Lowenstein is one of the nation’s most talented business writers, with a particular ability to make obscure financial issues clear as the morning light.”
His latest book, Ways and Means: Lincoln and His Cabinet and the Financing of the Civil War, is a revelatory financial investigation into how Lincoln and his administration used the funding of the Civil War as the catalyst to centralize the government and accomplish the most far-reaching reform in the country’s history.
Roger Lowenstein’s work has appeared in Bloomberg, The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, and other publications. He has three children and lives with his wife, Judy Slovin, in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Tenants Harbor, Maine.
Praise for Roger Lowenstein
Praise for Ways and Means
[A] fresh look at the president’s essential Republican roots as a self-made man, rather than slaveholder, and belief that anyone could be successful in America . . . An accessible exploration of how war enabled the federal government to acquire real financial power.— Kirkus
Lowenstein delivers a fine account of a crucial yet overlooked aspect of the American Civil War.— Booklist
Journalist Lowenstein (The End of Wall Street) argues in this masterful history that the financing of the Civil War was as crucial to the shaping of American history as the Emancipation Proclamation and the defeat of the Confederacy . . . Lucid, character-driven . . . Full of fascinating historical tidbits and clear explanations of complex financial and political matters, this is a must-read for American history buffs.— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
In Ways and Means, Roger Lowenstein gives a gripping account of how Lincoln and his secretary of Treasury, Salmon P. Chase, successfully won the financial war against the South, by a combination of better economic policies and by raising unprecedented amounts of money in unprecedented ways. It also tells the deeper story of how Lincoln used the opportunity thrown up by war to forge a new economic union, even as he was remaking the political union. Ways and Means is a tour de force of narrative history, riveting and eye-opening, that provides a novel and original perspective on our greatest president.— Liaquat Ahamed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
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Ways and Means
“In this riveting narrative, Roger Lowenstein has delivered an outstanding contribution to the rich literature on the Civil War. With deft prose, unrivaled financial acumen, and a sure feel for personalities, he brilliantly illuminates the economic history of the war, a dimension so sorely neglected in the past. This volume will certainly rank as the classic treatment of the subject for a very long time to come.” —Ron Chernow, author of Grant