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Titan : The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Titan : The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
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National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

From the acclaimed, award-winning author of Alexander Hamilton: here is the essential, endlessly engrossing biography of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.-the Jekyll-and-Hyde of American capitalism. In the course of his nearly 98 years, Rockefeller was known as both a rapacious robber baron, whose Standard Oil Company rode roughshod over an industry, and a philanthropist who donated money lavishly to universities and medical centers. He was the terror of his competitors, the bogeyman of reformers, the delight of caricaturists-and an utter enigma.

Drawing on unprecedented access to Rockefeller's private papers, Chernow reconstructs his subjects' troubled origins (his father was a swindler and a bigamist) and his single-minded pursuit of wealth. But he also uncovers the profound religiosity that drove him to give all I could ; his devotion to his father; and the wry sense of humor that made him the country's most colorful codger. Titan is a magnificent biography-balanced, revelatory, elegantly written.

Product Details

Author:
Ron Chernow

Publisher:
Vintage Books

Format:
Paperback

ISBN:
9781400077304

Publication Date:
30/03/2004

Pages:
832

Dimensions:
233 x 155 x 42 mm

Notes:
105 PHOTOGRAPHS THROUGHOUT

Availability:
Publisher out of stock

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