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Title: Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Author: Ron Chernow
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John D. Rockefeller, Sr.–historical past’s first billionaire and the patriarch of America’s most well-known dynasty–is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking households, offers us a historical past of the mogul “etched with unusual objectivity and literary grace . . . as detailed, balanced, and psychologically insightful a portrait of the tycoon as we could ever have” (Kirkus unrestricted entry to Rockefeller’s exceptionally wealthy trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the guide will indelibly alter our picture of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mom, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to grow to be the world’s richest man by creating America’s strongest and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded “the Octopus” by legions of muckrakers, the belief refined and marketed almost 90 p.c of the oil produced in America. Rockefeller was doubtless essentially the most controversial businessman in our nation’s historical past. Critics charged that his empire was constructed on unscrupulous ways: grand-scale collusion with the railroads, predatory pricing, industrial espionage, and wholesale bribery of political officers. The titan spent greater than thirty years dodging investigations till Teddy Roosevelt and his trustbusters launched into a marathon campaign to carry Standard Oil to bay. While offering plentiful new proof of Rockefeller’s misdeeds, Chernow discards the stereotype of the cold-blooded monster to sketch an unforgettably human portrait of a unusual, eccentric authentic. A religious Baptist and temperance advocate, Rockefeller gave cash extra generously–his chosen philanthropies included the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of Chicago, and what’s in the present day Rockefeller University–than anybody earlier than him. Titan presents a finely nuanced portrait of a captivating, advanced man, synthesizing his private and non-private lives and disclosing quite a few household scandals, tragedies, and misfortunes which have by no means earlier than come to mild. John D. Rockefeller’s story captures a pivotal second in American historical past, documenting the dramatic post-Civil War shift from small enterprise to the rise of large firms that irrevocably remodeled the nation. With cameos by Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, Jay Gould, William Vanderbilt, Ida Tarbell, Andrew Carnegie, Carl Jung, J. Pierpont Morgan, William James, Henry Clay Frick, Mark Twain, and Will Rogers, Titan turns Rockefeller’s life right into a vivid tapestry of American society within the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is Ron Chernow’s sign triumph that he narrates this monumental saga with all of the sweep, drama, and perception that this large topic deserves. From the Hardcover version.
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