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About John E. Morris
John E. Morris is a journalist, writer and editor, and the author of two books.
The most recent is Subway: The Curiosities, Secrets, and Unofficial History of the New York City Transit System (2020), a lavishly illustrated history and celebration of New York’s subway packed with original research and 200 rarely seen photos, maps and illustrations. His aim was to capture what’s marvelous, surprising, aggravating and comical about the system and its history, with frequent digressions into subjects such as the city’s raucous politics, the struggle to create a good subway map, passenger etiquette and changes in the way the movies and TV have portrayed the subway over time.
Morris is also co-author with David Carey of King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone (2010), a best-selling history of Blackstone Group and the private equity industry. The book tells the story of the personalities that built Blackstone into the world’s largest alternative assets firm, while setting the business in its historical and competitive context. King of Capital has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Turkish.
Morris has covered business, finance and law in the U.S and Europe for Bloomberg, Dow Jones, The Deal and The American Lawyer magazine. He was a philosophy major at the University of California, Berkeley and earned a law degree at Harvard.
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In King of Capital, David Carey and John Morris show how Blackstone (and other private equity firms) transformed themselves from gamblers, hostile-takeover artists, and ‘barbarians at the gate’ into disciplined, risk-conscious investors while the financial establishment—banks and investment bankers such as Citigroup, Bear Stearns, Lehman, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley—were recklessly assuming risks, leveraging up to astronomical levels and driving the economy to the brink of disaster. Now, not only have Blackstone and a small coterie of competitors wrested control of corporations around the globe, but they have emerged as a major force on Wall Street, challenging the likes of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley for dominance.
Insightful and hard-hitting, filled with never-before-revealed details about the workings of a heretofore secretive company that was the personal fiefdom of Schwarzman and Peter Peterson, King of Capital shows how Blackstone and private equity will drive the economy and provide a model for how financing will work in the years to come.
When the first New York subway line opened in 1904, it was the most advanced in the world and a source of enormous civic pride. Today, it is an essential function to the lives of New Yorkers and a perennial cultural touchstone. To be a New Yorker is to take the train. To celebrate it, or grumble about it.
Subway: The History, Curiosities, and Secrets of the New York City Transit System by John E. Morris is both a vivid history of this great transportation system and an exploration of its impact on the city and popular culture. The book covers every remarkable moment, from the technical obstacles and corruption that impeded plans for an underground rail line in the 1800s, to the current state of the system and plans for the future; profiles of the colorful, forgotten characters who built and restored the subway; graphics and imagery showing the evolution of subway cars and the way fares are collected; how subway etiquette rules have evolved with society; great subway chase scenes and songs about the subway; a look at abandoned stations and half-built tunnels; and more.
In this visually stunning work, packed with original research, journalist and bestselling author John Morris brings life to this one-time engineering marvel that has united and expanded the city for the last 116 years.