HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Jean Strouse

Expert on the Life and Career of J. Pierpont Morgan


  • The Life of J. Pierpont Morgan
  • Handling the Financial Crisis
  • Decisive Economic Leadership
  • Art Museums and Art Collecting
  • Philanthropy: Late 19th Century and 21st Century
  • Alice James, Henry James, William James


New York

Jean Strouse is the award-winning author of Morgan: American Financier and Alice James: A Biography, which won the Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy. She is a sought-after keynote speaker at banks, investment firms, universities, business schools, art museums, historical societies, and libraries, lecturing on all aspects of J. Pierpont Morgan, including his art collecting and the 19th century formation of America's financial and industrial institutions. Her clients include the Chilton Group, J.P. Morgan & Company (New York and London), The New York University Leonard Stern School of Business Global Alumni Conference, The Manhattan Institute, and The Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History.

Strouse has appeared frequently on television and in documentary films about late 19th century America and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Newsweek, Architectural Digest, and Slate. She has been president of the Society of American Historians, a consultant (oral historian) to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a Fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, she is currently the Sue Ann and John Weinberg Director of the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library.

Praise for Morgan:

"Strouse is in full command of Pierpont Morgan's personal life, his financial operations, his collecting, and his benefactions, and presents a rich, vivid picture of the background against which they took place. She has written a magnificent biography, which illuminates her subject and his world."
- New York Review of Books

"A magnificent, insightful study... Strouse's biography is a superb one indeed. Rich in detail, informed by a wealth of new sources, written in a clear style that wears well, it provides the fullest and most revealing look at this remarkable, complex man that we are likely to get."
- Wall Street Journal

"By uncovering the big-government impulses of capitalism's patron saint, Strouse gives us a generous sense of Morgan's contradictions. She peers thoughtfully behind the myth of an economic despot to discover a more nuanced figure."
- Fortune

"[A] brilliant new study of J.P. Morgan..."
- Times Literary Supplement

"Strouse... uses marvelous detail... to breathe life into a 19th century icon. And she makes plain and readable for the layman the... financial controversies of Morgan's day."
- USA Today

"[A] masterpiece... No one else has told the story of Pierpont Morgan in the detail, depth, and understanding of Jean Strouse, who spent nearly a decade searching for the living truth behind the mythology of Morganalia."
- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The Morgan that Jean Strouse has brought to life in her masterful, long-awaited biography is deeply human, the most intricate and integrated portrait we have yet had... her storytelling [has] the richness and penetration of a novel."
- New York Observer

"Enormously entertaining."
- New York Daily News

"In this engrossing story - an extraordinary accomplishment, filled with the vitality of the biographer and the fascination of her subject - Morgan has finally met his match."
- Michael Holroyd

"Written with uncommon intelligence, maturity, and psychological insight... that rare masterpiece biography that enables us to penetrate the soul of a complex human being."
- Philadelphia Inquirer