Leon Levy began his career on Wall Street in 1948 and over the next five decades became a major figure in investment circles, helping to create Oppenheimer Mutual Funds and Odyssey Partners. He served as the president and founder of the Jerome Levy Institute for Economic Research at Bard College and the president of the Institute for Advanced Study. He died in April 2003.
Eugene Linden is a contributor for Time magazine and the author of seven previous books. He lives in Nyack, New York.