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Encyclopedia > Robert Sobel
Robert Sobel in a promotional photo for his publisher.
Robert Sobel in a promotional photo for his publisher.

Robert Sobel (February 19, 1931June 2, 1999) was professor of history at Hofstra University and a well-known and prolific writer of business histories. Image File history File links Robert_Sobel. ... Image File history File links Robert_Sobel. ... February 19 is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... 2 June is the 153rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (154th in leap years), with 212 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Hofstra University is a coeducational institution located in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (USA) founded in 1935 on the basis of the estate of William and Kate Hofstra. ...


Sobel was born in the Bronx, in New York City, New York. He completed his B.S.S. (1951) and M.A. (1952) at City College of New York, and after serving in the U.S. Army, obtained a PhD from New York University in 1957. He started teaching at Hofstra in 1956. Sobel eventually became Lawrence Stessin Distinguished Professor of Business History at Hofstra. Since his death, the university established the Robert Sobel Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Business History and Finance. The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of United States. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... The City College of The City University of New York (known more commonly as City College of New York or simply City College, CCNY, or colloquially as City) is a senior college of the City University of New York, in New York City. ... New York University (NYU) is a major research university in New York City. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hofstra University is a coeducational institution located in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (USA) founded in 1935 on the basis of the estate of William and Kate Hofstra. ...


Sobel's first business history, published in 1965, was The Big Board: A History of the New York Stock Market. It was the first history of the stock market written in over a generation. The book was met with favorable reviews, and solid sales, and Sobel's writing career was launched. Several of his subsequent books were best sellers. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


Besides writing more that 30 books, Sobel authored many articles, book reviews, and scripts for television documentaries and mini-series. From 1972 to 1988, Sobel's weekly investment column, "Knowing the Street," was nationally syndicated through New York Newsday. He was also regularly published in national periodicals, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. At the time of his death, Sobel was also a contributing editor to Barron's. Newsday is a daily tabloid-size newspaper which primarily serves Long Island and the New York City borough of Queens, although it is sold throughout the greater metropolitan area with the separate edition New York Newsday, established in 1985, folded in 1995, and shortly afterward revived. ... The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. ... The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with a worldwide average daily circulation of more than 2. ... Barrons can mean: Barrons Educational Series, a publisher of books, as well as college entrance exam preparation classes and materials, based in the US Barrons Magazine, a financial weekly published by US-based Dow Jones & Company See also: Barron This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid...


However, Sobel was perhaps most famous for his only work of fiction, the 1973 book, For Want of a Nail. This book is an alternate history in which Burgoyne won the Battle of Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War. This unique work was just like a real history book, but detailing the history of an alternate timeline, complete with footnotes. Sobel had authored, or co-authored, several actual text books. For Want of a Nail was republished in 1988 and won several science fiction awards. 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1973 calendar). ... The IND local subway stop in Manhattan 81st Street Museum of Natural History (B and C trains, with A trains making local stops during midnight hours) that would ordinarily have been at 79th Street, the large crosstown thoroughfare, is at 81st Street, to accommodate the American Museum of Natural History... Alternate history (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... John Burgoyne John Burgoyne (February 24, 1723–August 4, 1792) was a British general during the American Revolutionary War. ... Combatants British United States Commanders John Burgoyne Horatio Gates Strength 10,000 15,000 Casualties 1,600 killed, wounded and/or missing, 6,000 captured 800 killed, wounded and/or missing {{{notes}}} The Battle(s) of Saratoga were considered by many historians to have been the turning point of the... Combatants American Revolutionaries, France, Netherlands, Spain, Native Americans Great Britain, German mercenaries, Loyalists, Native Americans Commanders George Washington Comte de Rochambeau Nathanael Greene William Howe Henry Clinton Charles Cornwallis (more commanders) The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence,[1] was a conflict that...

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"The British created a civil-service job in 1803 calling for a man to stand on the Cliffs of Dover with a spyglass. He was supposed to ring a bell if he saw Napoleon coming. The job was abolished in 1945." For other uses, see Napoleon (disambiguation). ...


From a Barron's Magazine Feb 22, 1999, article by Robert Sobel: Barrons magazine is an American weekly newspaper covering U.S. financial information, market developments, and relevant statistics. ...


"Remember the old story about the two traders who kept selling a case of sardines to each other raising the price each time? A sure-fire profit on every trade. Then one decided to sample the contents and found them inedible. 'What did you expect' said his colleague. They were for trading, not eating."


"Take Radio Corporation of America the star of the market in 1928..... When it had nothing but promise, RCA was a $573 stock. Three decades after the promise was realized, it was going for less than half it 1929 high. Think about that trying to assess the prospects for some of today's high flyers [Internet stocks]."


Selected Bibliography

Fiction

The IND local subway stop in Manhattan 81st Street Museum of Natural History (B and C trains, with A trains making local stops during midnight hours) that would ordinarily have been at 79th Street, the large crosstown thoroughfare, is at 81st Street, to accommodate the American Museum of Natural History...

Non-fiction

  • The Origins of Interventionism: The United States and the Russo-Finnish War (1961)
  • The Big Board: A History of the New York Stock Market (1965)
  • The French Revolution (1967)
  • The Great Bull Market: Wall Street in the 1920's (1968)
  • Panic on Wall Street: A History of America's Financial Disasters (1968)
  • The Automobile Makers (1969)
  • The Curbstone Brokers: The Origins of the American Stock Exchange (1970) reprinted (2000)
  • Conquest And Conscience: The 1840's (1971)
  • Biographical Directory of the United States Executive Branch (1971).
  • The Age of Giant Corporations: a Microeconomic History of American Business, 1914-1970 (1972) reprinted with updates for 1914-1984 (1984)
  • Machines and Morality: The 1850s (1973)
  • The Money Manias: The Eras of Great Speculation in America, 1770-1970 (1973) reprinted (2000)
  • The Entrepreneurs: Explorations Within the American Business Tradition (1974)
  • Herbert Hoover and the Onset of the Great Depression 1929-1930 (1975)
  • NYSE: a history of the New York Stock Exchange: 1935-1975 (1975)
  • The Manipulators: America in the Media Age (1976)
  • Inside Wall Street: Continuity & Change in the Financial District (1977)
  • The Fallen Colossus (1977), concerning the failure of Penn Central Transportation
  • They Satisfy: the Cigarette in American Life (1978)
  • Last Bull Market (1980)
  • The Worldly Economists(1980).
  • IBM: Colossus in Transition (1981)
  • Thomas Watson, Sr.: IBM and the Computer Revolution, (1981), biography of Thomas J. Watson
  • ITT: The Management of Opportunity (1982)
  • Car Wars: The Untold Story (1984)
  • The Age of Giant Corporations: a Microeconomic History of American Business, 1914-1984 (1984)
  • Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States 1978 - 1983." Edited by Robert Sobel and John Raimo. Meckler Books, (1984)
  • The Entrepreneurs: An American Adventure (1986)
  • IBM vs. Japan: The Struggle for the Future (1986)
  • RCA (1986)
  • Salomon Brothers 1910-1985 (1986)
  • The New Game on Wall Street (1987)
  • Quality of Earnings: the Investor's Guide to How Much Money a Company Is Really Making with Thornton L. O'Glove (1987)
  • Biographical Directory of the Council of Economic Advisers (1988)
  • Trammell Crow, Master Builder: The Story of America's Largest Real Estate Empire (1989), biography of Trammell Crow
  • The Life and Times of Dillon Read (1991)
  • Dangerous Dreamers: The Financial Innovators from Charles Merrill to Michael Milken (1993)
  • The Age of Giant Corporations: A Microeconomic History of the United States (1993)
  • Crashes, Booms, Panics and Government Regulation (Secrets of the Great Investors) with Roger Lowenstein, Louis Rukeyser (1997)
  • Coolidge: An American Enigma (1998), biography of Calvin Coolidge
  • The Pursuit of Wealth: The Incredible Story of Money Throughout the Ages of Wealth (1999)
  • The Rise and Fall of the Conglomerate Kings (1999)
  • When Giants Stumble: Classic Business Blunders and How to Avoid Them (1999)
  • AMEX: A History of the American Stock Exchange (2000)
  • The Great Boom 1950-2000: How a Generation of Americans Created the World's Most Prosperous Society (2002)
  • Biographical Directory of the United States, 1774-1989, with David B. Sicilia, Editors. (Updated 2003)

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Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964), the 31st President of the United States (1929-1933), was a successful mining engineer, humanitarian, and administrator. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The Penn Central Transportation Company, normally called Penn Central, was an American railroad company, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and formed by the merger on February 1, 1968 of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central Railroad; the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad was added to the merger... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... International Business Machines Corporation (IBM, or colloquially, Big Blue) NYSE: IBM (incorporated June 15, 1911, in operation since 1888) is headquartered in Armonk, NY, USA. The company manufactures and sells computer hardware, software, infrastructure services and consulting services. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Thomas J. Watson - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... ITT also stands for ITT Technical Institute, Institute of Technology, Tallaght, Institute of Technology, Tralee and here in Hungarian. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Council of Economic Advisers is a group of economists set up to advise the President of the United States. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Trammell Crow (1914 - ) American property developer. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Trammell Crow (1914 - ) American property developer. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Roger Lowenstein, a financial journalist, reported for the Wall Street Journal for more than a decade, including two years writing its Heard on the Street column, 1989 to 1991. ... Louis Richard Rukeyser (born January 30, 1933) is a U.S. business columnist, economic commentator, and newscaster. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Coolidge is the name of several places in the United States: Coolidge, Arizona Coolidge, Georgia Coolidge, Kansas Coolidge, Texas People named Coolidge: Calvin Coolidge (July 4, 1872–January 5, 1933), the twenty-ninth Vice President and the thirtieth President of the United States. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... AMEX or AmEx has multiple meanings, including American Stock Exchange American Express, a global financial firm. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ...

Fan Sites

  • For All Nails "Sobel-heads" flesh out or extend the history from the book For Want of a Nail.
  • Alternative History "Sobel, must be numbered with Tolkien among the handful of creators of a complete imaginary world."

J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916, wearing his British Army uniform in a photograph from the middle years of WW1. ...

Archived Television Interview of Sobel

  • "Booknotes" Transcript and archived copy of Brian Lamb's detailed television interview of Robert Sobel concerning his best selling book, Coolidge: An American Enigma.

External links

  • Beard Books Tribute to Robert Sobel
  • The Big Board: A History of the New York Stock Market ISBN 1893122662
  • Dangerous Dreamers: The Financial Innovators from Charles Merrill to Michael Milken ISBN 0471577340
  • Inside Wall Street : Continuity & Change in the Financial District ISBN 1893122670
  • For Want of a Nail: If Burgoyne Had Won at Saratoga, ISBN 1853675040
  • Panic on Wall Street: A History of America's Financial Disasters, ISBN 1893122468

 
 

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