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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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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 his goals. Lists with This Book. It is written with a human factor, making the people and events around the crash of believable and understandable. The narrator, who acquires the nickname of “Coxey,” gains a position as personal secretary to Valentine and meets Henry M.

The Driver by Garet Garrett

As a financial journalist for several prominent papers, Garrett knew Wall Street well and wrote a series of novels portraying the morality of capitalism, production, and business activities. Center for Libertarian Studies.

Galt himself delivers some fantastic defenses of hard money and free markets. Alex Ferreira rated it it was amazing Aug 31, Coxey’s Army wanted to demand from Congress a law by which unlimited prosperity and human gareh might be established on earth.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I’d say that’s enough to at least indicate a very strong possibility that Rand had read and was influenced by Garrett.


Valentine, a weak, inefficient, and non-confident man who runs the business into bankruptcy. Wall Street was beginning to develop and railroads boomed as trains moved products from the resource-rich West to the East. Galt refers to the narrator as “Coxey” in tongue-in-cheek manner throughout the rest of the book. In this book, garft story starts with Co 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.

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In time, Galt would overthrow Valentine thereby also becoming the company’s President. Sep 21, Joel rated it really liked it. The Driver is political and free-market capitalism historical fiction book. This book chronicles the life and work of Henry Galt, from the time he acquires a failing railroad to his triumphant confrontation with the regulators who shut him down. What is great about this is how it explicitly shows that government regulation is fascistic as it is usually the competitors usning the club of the state to cripple the most cutting edge company.

He tells the Committee that he is a farmer who farms the country, fertilizes it with money, sows it with more money, reaps profits, and sows the profits back again. Anyone with an interest in the Turn-of-the-Century will enjoy this novel, and of course those of us with an inclination toward economics will enjoy the historical aspects of the novel. In addition, the book is laced with very quotable material on economics and human nature that is surprisingly relevant to the modern day.

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The Driver

Yet we continue on, with the confidence that somewhere in the darkness our words are finding a resting place.

Jun 23, Steve rated it it was gart Shelves: Retrieved from ” https: Galt ultimately rebuilds the railroad from end to end. Economist, journalist, writer and novelist.

Galt dies a well-respected hero. The country’s economy is restored, but the Galt acquisitions and fortune continue to grow. 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.

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. Jul 26, Marcus rated it really liked it Shelves: The novel is a defense of sound money: The tone and writing style is direct and matter-of-fact, tell don’t show. The government conspires with envious competitors to regulate him using the Sherman Antitrust Act, calling him a monopolist who is exploiting the public.

They built agendas, waged campaigns and organized coalitions — the clamoring of the populace serving to enhance the volume of the debate, lending it energy and purpose if not substance; for that they already had. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. It was evident that Galt had confidence in his capacity to deal with the world through the implementation of appropriate and efficacious ideas and drivef.