A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, "Titan" draws on unprecedented access to John D. Rockefeller's private papers to reconstruct the story of his troubled origins and his single-minded pursuit of wealth. 105 photos.A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, "Titan" draws on unprecedented access to John D. Rockefeller's private papers to reconstruct the story of his troubled origins and his single-minded pursuit of wealth. 105 photos.Read Less
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Jul 31, 2008
I have enjoyed this audiobook by Ron Chernow very much. Chernow wrote a biography on Alexander Hamilton which is unsurpassed, so I was interested in his other books and picked Rockefeller because I live near NYC which is Rockefeller country. While I have to say it is not quite as fascinating as A. Hamilton's life (but then how could it compare to the Revolutionary War days and the beginning of America's economic structure, etc.) I have still found it worthy of purchasing as it sheds light on Rockefeller's childhood (motivation) as well as sets the historical stage for the modern age of big companies from Civil War days to early 1900s. Chernow offers some profound insights.
Jun 21, 2007
The Titan and Chernow 5 stars
This is a truly unbiased look at John D. Rockefeller the man. A full examination of the Titan exposing his ruthless quest for domination of the oil business in his time as well as his days before Standard Oil and his vast Philanthropic work after. A must read for anyone interested in Rockefeller or the Gilded Age.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-02-16 Nearly 98 at his death in 1937, Rockefeller had retired in 1896 to be "the Lord's fiduciary" and gave his money away. Chernow, biographer of the Warburgs and the Morgans, has his finest subject in Rockefeller, and is able to furnish anecdotes galore from his encyclopedic research in the family archives. The earliest entrepreneur in the family was John D.'s bigamist father, "Devil Bill," an itinerant mountebank and phony physician who peddled spurious elixirs. After John D., the vast family foundations run by successor generations beginning with John D. Jr., a figure of granite respectability, altered the landscape of philanthropy, especially in education and medicine. Although beset most of his life by supplicants, the elder Rockefeller invested shrewdly and used his profits benignly. The industrial magnate who pioneered the predatory multinational corporation is surrounded in Chernow's narrative by a memorable cast of friends, relatives, associates and enemies. Rather than the cunning, churchgoing hypocrite of legend who spent his Sundays piously but weekdays wrecking his rivals, Rockefeller emerges in Chernow's elegantly told biography as an enterprising monopolist who "regarded God as an ally, a sort of honorary shareholder of Standard Oil." Reducing the risk factor in competitive capitalism by reinventing the laws of supply and demand, Rockefeller amassed so much wealth that he had to reinvent the funding and management of benevolence. Despite the biography's length there are no dull pages. Illustrations not seen by PW. (May) FYI: A related spring title is Anne Rockefeller Roberts's The Rockefeller Family Estate Kykuit (Abbeville, $49.95 ISBN 0-7892-0220-0), with 275 photos by Mary Louise Pierson. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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