As a financial journalist for several prominent papers, author, Garet Garrett ( ) knew Wall Street well and wrote a series of novels. The Driver [Garet Garrett] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is a reproduction of a book published before This book may have. The Driver [Garet Garrett] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. What are the motives that really control Henry M. Gait, central figure in one of.

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In any case, the novel is brilliant and thrilling, one that provides an excellent lesson in how entrepreneurship works.

Galt’s family gains some acceptance and Galt is able to take actions to reverse the decline in the price of the Great Midwestern’s stock. As a result, he and his family became rich. In addition, the book is laced with very quotable material on economics and human nature that is surprisingly relevant to agrrett modern day.

The Driver is based loosely on the life of James J. Galt, an eccentric and brilliant broker, floor trader, and member of the stock exchange believes in the future of farrett Great Midwestern Railroad, continually buys stock in it with drriver and his family’s money, and becomes rriver of its largest stockholders. In one of many asides, this book contains one of the best explanations of the stupidity of “bi-metallism” that fixed the relationship between silver and garertt.

Refresh and try again. Jul 26, Marcus rated it really liked it Shelves: Debbie Hauger rated it liked it Jul 02, Tags Media and Culture. The problem was that gold remained more valuable to people prompting them to hoard gold or to sell it in Europe. Paperbackpages. A recurring literary motif through the book has people asking: This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.


Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity individual or corporate has a copyright on the body of the work. Coxey formed an organization called the Commonwealth of Christ and assembled an army of unemployed men. View the discussion thread. Books by Garet Garrett.

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Unlike many other businessmen, Galt did not begin by asking how his company can be made to earn a certain rate of profit. He answered yes and explained that he did not know of a better investment. Many people in society, especially those in government, were anti-business and anti-Wall Street and called for government intervention to cure gartett problems that had developed during the great industrial growth spurt of the late 19th century.

The rugged individualist main character, Harry Galt, is glorified but isn’t without his faults. Jul 22, Brent rated it liked it. Regarding Galt, the novel’s narrator says, “The sight of inspired craftsmanship is irresistible to men.

National Affairs: The Story of Harriman THE DRIVER-Garet Garrett- Dutton.

In response to this economic adversity, in the winter ofJacob S. That would keep people from going crazy with prosperity at one time and committing suicide at another time …. I’d say that’s enough to at least indicate a very strong possibility that Rand had read and was influenced by Garrett.

Jun 06, Jason rated it really liked yaret. This was truly an Ayn Rand with a Human Face book. It calls forth creativity. Now I’ve got a straight story to tell. Want to Read saving….

The synopsis reads as such: Not only is The Driver a novel of high finance and Wall Street methods, it also paints a portrait of an efficacious and visionary man who uses reason to focus his enthusiasm on reality in his efforts to attain garst goals. Wall Street was beginning to develop and railroads boomed as trains moved products from the resource-rich West to the East. In any case, the novel is brilliant and thrilling, one that provides an excellent lesson in how entrepreneurship works.


National Affairs: The Story of Harriman THE DRIVER-Garet Garrett- Dutton. – TIME

Open Preview See a Problem? Ludwig von Mises Institute. In the mind of Garet Garrettthe author of The Driver, commerce, not war, is the source of the great and productive dramas of human civilization. The government conspires with envious competitors to regulate him using the Sherman Antitrust Act, calling him a monopolist and accusing him of exploiting the public.

He was then asked about the disgruntled minority shareholders of the Orient and Pacific who were upset with the Great Midwestern for exercising the power of a majority shareholder. Galt suffers dricer stroke and collapses after his ordeal with the committee.

This page was last edited on 21 Augustat Whose hearts we touch; whose lives we inspire. It inspires us to make the world new in every generation. It drivet interesting to note that the character of Henry Gart. Instead of celebration, there is envy and distrust among those who marvel at but fail to understand Galt’s genius.

He had a tremendous work ethic garef evidenced by his passionate expenditure of time and mental and physical effort in the unwavering pursuit of his dream of building a great railroad. A slower read than most, as this is based on history, in the person of Henry M Galt, known to the real world as E.

The Driver is a prime example of the literature of achievement. In a sense, it feels like an Ayn Rand book, but the focus is even more centered on the mechanics of creating wealth and running a business than any of Rand’s novels. Barry Schachter rated it really liked it Oct 01, Sep 03, Ryan Long rated it it was amazing.