The Age of the Moguls

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Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 373 pages
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Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Rockefeller, Ford, Drew, Fisk, Harriman, Du Pont, Morgan, Mellon, Insull, Gould, Frick, Schwab, Swift, Guggenheim, Hearst- these are only a few of the foundation giants that have changed the face of America. They gave living reality to that great golden legend-The American Dream. Most were self-made in the Horatio Alger tradition. Those whose beginnings were blessed with wealth parlayed their inheritances many times through the same methods as their rags-to-riches compatriots: shrewdness, ruthlessness, determination, or a combination of all three. The Age of the Moguls is not overly concerned with the comparative business ethics of these men of money. The best of them made "deals," purchased immunity, and did other things which in 1860, 1880, or even 1900, were considered no more than "smart" by their fellow Americans, but which today would give pause to the most conscientiously dishonest promoter. Holbrook does not pass judgments on matters that have baffled moralists, economists, and historians. He is less concerned with how these men achieved their fortune as much as how they disbursed the funds. Stewart Holbrook has written a brilliant and wholly captivating study of the days when America's great fortunes were built; when futures were unlimited; when tycoons trampled across the land. Few writers today could range backwards and forwards in American history through the last century and a half, and could take their readers to a doen different sections of the country, or combine the lives of over fifty famous men in such a way as to produce a continuous and exciting narrative of sponsored growth. Leslie Lenkowsky's new introduction adds dimension to this classic study.

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Review: The Age of the Moguls: The Story of the Robber Barons & the Great Tycoons

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

It is impressive how Holbrook can sum up and explain so much about so many different figures from 1830-1950. This is an awesome book to grab to learn an overview of all the big guys from that period and then further explore down the rabbit hole. Read full review

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User Review  - JNSelko - LibraryThing

Holbrook at his best- which is very, very good. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Stewart H. Holbrook (1893-1964) was an historical, humorous social critic and famed journalist. He is the author of numerous articles and books. Some of his books include The Columbia River, The Wonderful West, and Dreamers of the American Dream .

Leslie Lenkowsky is professor of public affairs and philanthropic studies and director for The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. His writings have appeared in Commentary , The Weekly Standard, and The Wall Street Journal among others.

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