The World of Cyrus Eaton

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Kent State University Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 354 pages
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Cyrus S. Eaton was born on December 27, 1883, in the quiet Nova Scotian village of Pugwash. He often visited Cleveland, Ohio, spending summer vacations from college with his uncle was employed in 1905 by his first teacher, John D. Rockefeller Sr., as a clerk and troubleshooter for the East Ohio Gas company, one of the Midwest's major utilities in which Rockefeller had an interest. Eaton became a U.S. citizen in 1913 and passed away at age ninety-five on May 9, 1979. An unpredictable financier and industrialist. Cyrus Eaton invested widely, earned millions, lost it all during the Depression, and then regained his fortune after World War II. He earned a reputation as a "steel-tough man of finance" and was the target of abuse from those who claimed his manipulations had caused them financial damage. Marcus Gleisser's updated biography of Eaton brings into focus many events in the life of this controversial figure: his strong support of labor: his friendships with John L. Lewis, Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev, and other leaders of the former USSR: and his interest and participation in the American political arena, especially his campaign for peace that culminated in the Nobel Prize-winning Pugwash Conference. "The World of Cyrus Eaton addresses the man and the part he played in some of the controversial events and issues of the twentieth century. It includes a new Foreword. Preface, and final chapter.
 

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Contents

Mr Eatons Crusade
19
The Farm Boy
29
The First Hundred Million
36
The Last Big Battle
50
The First Family
70
And Another Hundred Million
80
And Another FamilyAnne Kinder Eaton
112
Anne Eatons Mission
120
A Capitalist Looks at Labor
198
Return to Pugwash
212
Red Star at Twilight
233
My Friend Khrushchev
265
The Eaton Era
275
Sly Cy Or Cyrus the Great?
298
After Khrushchev
309
Afterword
314

Tiptoe Through Politics
135
War with Wall Street
153
The Squire of Acadia Farms
159
Skirmish with the FBI
176
An Unusual Philanthropist
190
Unanimous Statement of First Pugwash Conference on Nuclear Scientists July 1957
321
53rd Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs July 2003
333
Selected Bibliography
338
Index
344
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Marcus Gleisser is retired from the "Cleveland Plain Dealer, where he won the National Headliner Award and the Journal Advocate Award. He earned a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in economics from Western Reserve University and a J.D. from Cleveland Marshall Law School. He still lives in the Cleveland area.

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