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

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Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Author Ron Chernow
ISBN-10 1400077303
ISBN-13 9781400077304
Year 2004-03-30
Pages 832
Language English
Publisher Vintage
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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 caricaturistsand an utter enigma Drawing on unprecedented access to Rockefellers 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 countrys most colorful codger Titan is a magnificent biographybalanced revelatory elegantly written

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