Barry Ritholtz says: It covers a 50-year period from before World War I and leading up to World War II. Even if you’re not interested in finance, it’s a great read.
David J Lynch says: We get this general education in schools that follows the basic themes of presidents and wars and that kind of thing, and then there’s this alternative history of finance and economics. Lords of Finance gives you that alternative history, particularly through the inter-war years from the end of World War I into the Great Depression. A buddy of mine described it as The Guns of August for global finance and I think that sums it up nicely.