Originally published in 2002, this is the second of three volumes in a history of finance in America. This volume starts with the investment bankers who dominated finance at the beginning of the twentieth century. It then describes the Panic of 1907 and the resulting creation of the Federal Reserve Board (the 'Fed'). The volume then traces finance through World War I, and it examines the events that led to the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression. From there it reviews the rebirth of finance after World War II and the growth of the institutional investor.

Part 1: A New Century 1. The Twentieth Century Begins 2. Insurance, Banking and Underwriting 3. The Panic of 1907 4. The Federal Reserve and the Money Trust 5. Banking and Securities Before the War Part 2: America Enters the War 1. World War I 2. War and the Stock Market 3. The Futures Markets 4. Banking in the Twenties Part 3: The Crash 1. The Stock Market Expands 2. The Market Surge and Investment Trusts 3. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 4. The Banking Crisis 5. Congress Investigates the Stock Market Part 4: Regulating Finance 1. Monetary Policy and the Depression 2. The Federal Securities Laws 3. Commodity Market Reforms 4. The Market Suffers 5. Investment Companies and Insurance Regulation Part 5: War and the Rebuilding of Finance 1. World War II and Finance 2. After the War 3. Korea and the War on Investment Bankers 4. The Fed and the 1950s Part 6: A New Era Begins 1. Institutional Investors 2. Banking, Gold and Trading 3. The Securities Markets 4. Institutions and Paperwork.