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Titan : the life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Author: Ron Chernow
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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"John D. Rockefeller, Sr., - history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most famous dynasty - is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller's exceptionally rich trove of papers." "Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose  Read more...
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Genre/Form: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Business
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: John D Rockefeller; John D Rockefeller; John D Rockefeller
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ron Chernow
ISBN: 0679757031 9780679757030 9781400077304 1400077303
OCLC Number: 42396128
Awards: Short-listed for Boston Book Review (Nonfiction) 1999
Description: xxii, 774 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Prelude : poison tongue --
The flimflam man --
Fires of revival --
Bound to be rich --
Baptism in business --
The auction --
The poetry of the age --
Millionaires' row --
Conspirators --
The new monarch --
Sphinx --
The holy family --
Insurrection in the oil fields --
Seat of empire --
The puppeteer --
Widow's funeral --
A matter of trust --
Captains of erudition --
Nemesis --
The dauphin --
The standard oil crowd --
The enthusiast --
Avenging angel --
Faith of fools --
The millionaires' special --
The codger --
The world's richest fugitive --
Judgment day --
Benevolent trust --
Massacre --
Introvert and extrovert --
Confessional --
Dynastic succession --
Past, present, future --
Heirs --
See you in heaven.
Responsibility: Ron Chernow.

Abstract:

"John D. Rockefeller, Sr., - history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most famous dynasty - is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller's exceptionally rich trove of papers." "Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world's richest man by creating America's most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America." "Critics charged that his empire was built on unscrupulous tactics: grand-scale collusion with the railroads, predatory pricing, industrial espionage, and wholesale bribery of political officials. The titan spent more than thirty years dodging investigations until Teddy Roosevelt and his trustbusters embarked on a marathon crusade to bring Standard Oil to bay." "While providing abundant new evidence of Rockefeller's misdeeds, Chernow discards the stereotype of the cold-blooded monster to sketch an unforgettably human portrait of a quirky eccentric original."--Jacket.
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