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

By Ron Chernow

John D. Rockefeller, Sr.--history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most renowned dynasty--is an icon whose precise nature has eluded 3 generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the nationwide e-book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking households, provides us a heritage of the tycoon "etched with unusual objectivity and literary grace . . . as distinct, balanced, and psychologically insightful a portrait of the multi-millionaire as we may possibly ever have" (Kirkus Reviews). Titan is the 1st full-length biography in line with unrestricted entry to Rockefeller's awfully wealthy trove of papers. A landmark booklet choked with startling revelations, the ebook will indelibly adjust our photo of this so much enigmatic capitalist.
        Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mom, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to turn into the world's richest guy by way of growing America's strongest and feared monopoly, commonplace Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by way of legions of muckrakers, the belief subtle and advertised approximately ninety percentage of the oil produced in America.
        Rockefeller used to be most likely the main arguable businessman in our nation's historical past. Critics charged that his empire used to be equipped on unscrupulous strategies: grand-scale collusion with the railroads, predatory pricing, business espionage, and wholesale bribery of political officers. The titan spent greater than thirty years dodging investigations until eventually Teddy Roosevelt and his trustbusters launched into a marathon campaign to deliver general Oil to bay.
        While supplying ample new facts of Rockefeller's misdeeds, Chernow discards the stereotype of the cold-blooded monster to cartoon an unforgettably human portrait of a unusual, eccentric unique. A religious Baptist and temperance suggest, Rockefeller gave cash extra generously--his selected philanthropies incorporated the Rockefeller starting place, the collage of Chicago, and what's this present day Rockefeller University--than somebody prior to him. Titan provides a finely nuanced portrait of a desirable, advanced guy, synthesizing his private and non-private lives and disclosing a variety of relations scandals, tragedies, and misfortunes that experience by no means earlier than come to light.
        John D. Rockefeller's tale captures a pivotal second in American background, documenting the dramatic post-Civil struggle shift from small company to the increase of big agencies that irrevocably remodeled the country. With cameos by way of 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 may Rogers, Titan turns Rockefeller's lifestyles right into a shiny tapestry of yankee society within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. it's Ron Chernow's sign triumph that he narrates this enormous saga with the entire sweep, drama, and perception that this huge topic deserves.

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A captivating biography of a charming individual. ” —Chicago Tribune “A huge and spell binding biography . . . a desirable yarn, taking pictures a guy who insisted he may perhaps serve God and Mammon. ” —The San Diego Union-Tribune “A richly textured and engagingly energetic portrait. . . . it's a awesome tale and Chernow tells it with self assurance and readability . . . most likely the final word on a real titan. ” —Daily information “Rockefeller lived one of many nice American lives, and Chernow has supplied him with one of many nice American biographies. ” —The Sunday occasions (London) “In this wonderful biography, justice is ultimately performed to [Rockefeller’s] reminiscence. ” —The undeniable broker “Stunning. . . . Mr. Chernow has proven his recognition as an outstanding enterprise historian. ” —The monetary instances “A worthwhile biography of a really significant determine. ” — The Economist “Chernow’s specified photo of this ‘implausible combination of sin and sanctity’ is a scrupulously balanced, often interesting and humanizing portrait of a determine of possible superhuman power and ambition. ” — humans “Altogether best. ” —American historical past “Sweeping. . . . Chernow lays out the [Rockefeller] conundrum beautifully, delineating the forces that formed this guy and the methods he spoke back to them. ” —USA at the present time “[Ron Chernow is] America’s top enterprise biographer. ” — Fortune “Ron Chernow’s perfect biography of John D. Rockefeller Sr. will stand out as the best books of the yr. He back proves himself remarkably facile with a tremendous quantity of knowledge. . . . I’d be challenging pressed to discover a web page that isn’t fascinating. . . . Chernow succeeds brilliantly. ” — Detroit loose Press “Powerful, meticulously researched. . . . Chernow encompasses larger than any author sooner than him the strong contradictions and polarities in Rockefeller’s personality. Titan . . . is among the richest and so much worthwhile biographies of an American rich person. ” —St. Petersburg occasions “[No biographer] has been as expert, or as exhaustive, as Ron Chernow. ” —The Philadelphia Inquirer FOREWORD The lifetime of John Davison Rockefeller, Sr. , was once marked to a great measure via silence, secret, and evasion. even if he presided over the most important company and philanthropic organizations of his day, he has remained an elusive determine. A grasp of disguises, he spent his existence camouflaged at the back of a number of personae and shrouded underneath layers of mythology. therefore, he lingers in our nationwide psyche as a sequence of disconnected pictures, starting from the rapacious author of normal Oil, terrific yet cold, to the wizened previous codger dishing out dimes and canned speeches for newsreel cameras. it is usually difficult to piece jointly the various photos right into a coherent photo. This has now not been for loss of making an attempt. previous within the century, Rockefeller encouraged extra prose than the other inner most citizen in the US, with books approximately him tumbling forth at a price of approximately one consistent with yr. As he used to be the main recognized American of his day, his statements and activities have been mentioned and analyzed minutely within the press.

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