Money & Power: The History of Business
Cast & Crew
Paul A Volcker
Jason Robards Jr.
Documentary that chronicles the origins of trade, banking, industry, commerce and power over the past 1000 years. The program traces the visionaries and their products and ideas that brought the revolution of change over the past millennium -- the transfer of money and power from church and crown to today's international network of businesses. Such landmark events include the birth of modern banking and joint stock companies; the Industrial Revolution; the assembly line; the Transcontinental Railroad; and the establishment of the Federal Reserve System. Some of the people and personalities featured include: Godric of Finchale, an 11th century businessman who was made a saint; King Philip II of Spain, a leader whose mismanagement bankrupted his country; James Watt, the inventor of the steam engine; Collis Huntington, one of the founding partners of the Central Pacific Railroad; J.P. Morgan; Robert Woodruff, the man behind an advertising campaign which turned an unknown soft drink into a product recognized across the globe; and John D. Rockefeller.