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By Tom Kemp

How did the USA develop into the 20th century's dominant financial system? what's distinct approximately the USA and the yank manner of capitalism, that favoured the sort of swift climb to wealth and gear? And, because the previous postwar certainties start to disintegrate, is the climax of yank capitalism already over? those are the subjects addressed during this engrossing publication, which provides a chronological, analytical account of the yankee economic system from the overdue 19th century to the top of the Reagan period and beyond.

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