Titan The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

ISBN-10: 0679757031
ISBN-13: 9780679757030
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ron Chernow
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Description: National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist "A biography that has many of the best attributes of a novel. . . . Wonderfully fluent and compelling." --The New York Times "A triumph of the art of biography. Unflaggingly interesting, it brings John  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/7/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 832
Size: 5.17" wide x 7.98" long x 1.66" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist "A biography that has many of the best attributes of a novel. . . . Wonderfully fluent and compelling." --The New York Times "A triumph of the art of biography. Unflaggingly interesting, it brings John D. Rockefeller Sr. to life through sustained narrative portraiture of the large-scale, nineteenth-century kind."--The New York Times Book Review In this endlessly engrossing book, National Book Award-winning biographer Ron Chernow devotes his penetrating powers of scholarship and insight to the Jekyll and Hyde of American capitalism. In the course of his nearly 98 years, John D. Rockefeller, Sr., 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 subject's 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 family; and the wry sense of humor that made him the country's most colorful codger. Titan is a magnificent biography --balanced, revelatory, and elegantly written. "Important and impressive. . . . Reveals the man behind both the mask and the myth."--The Wall Street Journal "One of the great American biographies. . . . [Chernow] writes with rich impartiality. He turns the machinations of Standard Oil . . . into fascinating social history."--Time

Educated at Yale and Cambridge University in England, Ron Chernow is a biographer who specializes in hard-hitting exposes on historical business figures. Among Chernow's early accomplishments was his unmasking of corruption in Chinatown for New York magazine in 1973. In the book The House of Morgan, winner of the National Book Award in 1990, Chernow outlines the extraordinary path of J.P. Morgan's empire and its influence on the American banking industry. Chernow is also the author of Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, which chronicles the life and times of the richest man in the United States in the early 1900s. Chernow is regular guest on the National Public Radio programs Fresh Air with Terry Gross and All Things Considered.

Foreword
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
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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