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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 832 pages
191 Reviews
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


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Excellence in writing & research. - Goodreads
Kind of clunky in the writing, but lots of information. - Goodreads
Interesting insight into Rockefeller's life. - Goodreads
Very good, well researched biography - Goodreads
Clearly written, easy to follow and well-researched. - Goodreads
Chernow is one hell of a writer. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Stephen Fox - Goodreads

Excellent book, a feeling of genuine disappointment when finished which all good books have. Very detailed biography, not only going into Rockefellers whole life but that of his immediate family. A truly amazing man, you get the feeling that his success was no fluke. Read full review

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User Review  - William Hale - Goodreads

Methodical. Unostentacious. Exact. Stoic. Religious. Philanthropic. Suspicious. Calculating. All of these are good words to describe Rockefeller. This is a fantastic book, although VERY long. It took ... Read full review

Contents

ll
10
Bound to Be Rich
37
Baptism in Business
61
The Auction
73
The Poetry of the
97
Millionaires
119
Conspirators
129
The New Monarch
157
Widos Funeral
275
A Matter of Trust
299
Nemesis
331
The Codger
501
Benevolent Trust
561
3
609
Confession
631
15
645

Sphinx
173
The Holy Family
189
Insurrection in the Oil Fields
197
Seat of Empire
217
The Puppeteer
243
Arkrrowledgrrlerits
675
63
685
97
691
Index
750
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About the author (2007)

Ron Chernow lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York.


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