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White Shoe:  How a New Breed of Wall Street Lawyers Changed Big Business and the American Century

By John Oller

Dutton Books, New York, 448 pages, $30

Throughout much of the 19th century, the practice of law in New York was virtually the exclusive province of men who organized themselves into small firms or as solo practitioners. By the end of the century, however, the need for a new type of law firm emerged as epic legal battles involving industrial titans, railroad barons, financial magnates, mining companies, trade unions, reformers and government regulators transformed America. This new book explores the origins of this transformation and the New York lawyers whose vision and industry led the country into a new age of regulated capitalism and international leadership.  As a snapshot in history,

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