LANCE MORROW is an American essayist whose op ed articles appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal. He is the Henry Grunwald Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington. His essays and book reviews also appear in City Journal, the New York Times and other publications. For many years he was an essayist for TIME magazine. He is a winner of the National Magazine Award and the author of eight books, including Evil: An Investigation; The Best Year of Their Lives: Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and John Kennedy in 1948; and two memoirs, The Chief and Heart. His essays have been collected in Fishing in the Tiber and Second Drafts of History. Born in Philadelphia, the son of two journalists, Morrow grew up in Washington D.C., and graduated from Harvard, magna cum laude in English literature. After a year as a reporter for the Washington Evening Star, he joined the staff of TIME in New York. Morrow lives in upstate New York with his wife, the author Susan Brind Morrow. He has two sons, James and Justin.
This book is about the partnership of God and Mammon in the New World—about how Americans have made money and lost money, and about how they have thought about that obsessive and peculiarly American subject. Money is the basic American thing, the life’s blood of the country.