Chapter Sixteen


Selling the Unmentionable, and More


DURING ALBERT Lasker’s two-year tenure at the Shipping Board, Claude C. Hopkins had taken the reins at Lord & Thomas. This added new complexities to their relationship.

Lasker appreciated the flexibility that Hopkins’s willingness to lead the firm gave him. “I can only afford to keep on here,” he wrote to Hopkins from Washington in May 1922, “because I know that you and Mr. [Herbert] Cohn and others on the job back there are making it possible for me to live.”1 And yet, Lasker returned to Lord ...

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