Martin Mayer's book "The Bankers: The Next Generation" has a familiar ring to it.

Readers in the industry couldn't help but be reminded of his 1974 best seller "The Bankers." The new version includes an anecdote from the earlier book about a wizened old banker who regarded air conditioning as the industry's greatest advance. And a painstakingly detailed description of a check's journey between a gas station on Shelter Island, N.Y., to a branch of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is also repeated from the earlier work.

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