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Titan The Life of John D. Rockfeller Sr

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I was most impressed with this story. It reveals the dealing of one man who in reality helped build the good ole USA. even though at times it revealed the story of one enormous enterprise destroying a ... Read full review

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The book is quite detailed and very well-researched. Upon completion, it's hard not to agree with the author's general conclusion about J.D Rockefeller - namely, that Rockefeller lived a life characterized by both ruthless business practices and selfless philanthropy. On balance, I believe the portrait of the man will lead readers to have a more favorable view of him. Some of the more interesting parts of the book are when the author explains how Rockefeller went about trying to set up a process for wealth to be distributed to worthy causes in manners that would bring about progress--rather than acclaim for the Rockefeller name. It's also important to note how much of a family man he was, both in terms of his generosity as well as his tolerance of their shortcomings. Like him or not, the book paints a picture very different view than those who would have us believe the man was a tyrant... and only a tyrant. 

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Titan was a long and thorough read. Definitely not for someone without time to commit. It really focuses on Rockafeller's personality in great detail. He was a quirky and driven man. A fantastic read.

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User Review  - ibkennedy - LibraryThing

Fascinating person and great story telling by a wonderful biographer. Ron Chernow makes me love history. Read full review

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