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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 832 pages
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 caricaturists—and an utter enigma.
 
Drawing on unprecedented access to Rockefeller’s 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 country’s most colorful codger. Titan is a magnificent biography—balanced, revelatory, elegantly written.
 

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A few years ago I read Chernow's "House of Morgan" and absolutely loved it. In looking for something similar, I came across this. Commentators have evoked parallels between the Gilded Age and our ... Read full review

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Another fantastic book by one of my favorite authors Ron Chernow. I find Chernow to be the best biographer I have read. He writes in a beautiful and flowing narrative style, covers all of the ... Read full review

Contents

Fires of Revival
15
Bound to Be Rich
37
Baptism in Business
63
The Auction
73
The Poetry of the
97
Millionaires
119
Conspirators
129
The New Monarch
157
The Enthusiast
397
Avenging Angel
425
Faith of Fools
467
The Millionaires Special
481
The Codger
501
The Worlds Richest Fugitive
521
Judgment
537
Benevolent Trust
561

Sphinx
173
The Holy Family
183
Insurrection in the Oil Fields
197
Seat of Empire
217
The Puppeteer
243
Widows Funeral
271
A Matter of Trust
285
Captains of Erudition
299
Nemesis
331
The Dauphin
347
The Standard Oil Crowd
361
Massacre
571
Introvert and Extrovert
591
Confessional
609
Dynastic Succession
621
Past Present Future
631
Heirs
649
See You in Heaven
663
Acknowledgments
678
Bibliography
738
Index
751
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Ron Chernow’s bestselling books include The House of Morgan, winner of the National Book Award; The Warburgs, which won the George S. Eccles Prize; The Death of the Banker; Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Washington: A Life, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Biography; and Alexander Hamilton, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and adapted into the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton. Chernow has served as president of PEN American Center and has received seven honorary doctoral degrees. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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