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Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (1998)

by Ron Chernow

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Superb biography, excellent in all respects. ( )
1 vote jztemple | Mar 9, 2013 |
Fascinating person and great story telling by a wonderful biographer. Ron Chernow makes me love history. ( )
  ibkennedy | May 31, 2012 |
Biased in favor of Rockefeller, but thorough and interesting. ( )
  pjsullivan | Oct 21, 2011 |
An interesting read. The author perhaps comes down a little too hard on Rockefeller's business practices, though some may think not hard enough. He gave the country cheap and abundant oil and gasoline, thereby growing rich. That, and not his later philanthropies, was his greatest gift to the world. Of course his great wealth made him a target of the envious. ( )
  ddjohnson1 | Aug 19, 2010 |
This tome (almost 700 pages) attempts to reveal the life of John D. Rockefeller. Lots of interesting early stuff on Standard Oil and the onset of the oil age ala Pennsylvania and the family history, but little on the underhanded business practices on Mr. Rockefeller and the oil company he founded. Some tidbits, but no in depth information. I found it somewhat of a valentine to the oil mogul. All in all a good read, though. ( )
  jmatson | Apr 22, 2010 |
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To my brother, Dr. Bart Chernow, who pulled me back, at the last moment, from the brink, and to the lovely Valerie
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In the early 1900s, as Rockefeller vied with Andrew Carnegie for the title of the world's richest man, a spirited rivalry arose between France and Germany, with each claiming to be Rockefeller's ancestral land.
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Ron Chernow, whose previous books have taken on the Morgan and Warburg financial empires, now turns his attention to the patriarch of the Rockefeller dynasty. John D. was history's first recorded billionaire and one of the most controversial public figures in America at the turn of the 20th century. Standard Oil--which he always referred to as the result of financial "cooperation," never as a "cartel" or a "monopoly"--controlled at its peak nearly 90 percent of the United States oil industry. Rockefeller drew sharp criticism, as well as the attention of federal probes, for business practices like underpricing his competitors out of the market and bribing politicians to secure his dominant market share.

While Chernow amply catalogs Rockefeller's misdeeds, he also presents the tycoon's human side. Making use of voluminous business correspondence, as well as rare transcripts of interviews conducted when Rockefeller was in his late 70s and early 80s, Chernow is able to present his subject's perspective on his own past, re-creating a figure who has come down to us as cold and unfeeling as a shrewd, dryly humorous man who had no inner misgivings about reconciling his devout religious convictions with his fiscal acquisitiveness. The story of John D. Rockefeller Sr. is, in many ways, the story of America between the Civil War and the First World War, and Chernow has told that story in magnificently fascinating depth and style.

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The author draws on Rockefeller's own papers to provide a biography of the legendary oilman, capitalist, and philanthropist.

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