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August 28, 1943

A Family of Thirty Million: The Story of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

JAMA. 1943;122(18):1275-1276. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840350059026

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This is the history of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, but it is more than that. It is also the history of insurance and its growth with the growth of the nation, its troubles and trials, its shortcomings and its triumphs, and, most of all, its contributions to the nation's financial stability, social development and public health. The author writes exhaustively of the growth and development of the Metropolitan but deals generously also with other companies competing in the same fields. The book reflects more than mere pride in financial success, though there is plenty of that, for the Metropolitan is not only the world's largest insurance organization but the world's largest financial corporation. Through the book shines the spirit of the men who made Metropolitan great because they were more than shrewd businessmen and canny financiers. They were that, but they were men of broad vision too, who saw

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