Wall Street: A Nice Guy from Brooklyn

To account for Sidney J. Weinberg's success by saying that he was a nice guy seems singularly naive. His achievements and influence were far too extraordinary for so simple an explanation. For decades he was Mr. Wall Street, the director's director, the master floater of securities issues, the headhunter who as Washington's top-dollar-a-year man brought hordes of high-powered executives to the capital to organize and run the World War II and Korean mobilization efforts. He served as informal financial adviser to five Presidents, from F.D.R. to L.B.J., and was at different times...

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