The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Author: Ron Chernow

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307429773

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 832

View: 513

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.


The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr

Author: Ron Chernow

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1400077303

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 774

View: 2984

The author draws on Rockefeller's own papers to provide a biography of the legendary oilman, capitalist, and philanthropist


The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr

Author: Ron Chernow

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780679757030

Category: Capitalists and financiers

Page: 774

View: 3459

A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, "Titan" draws on unprecedented access to John D. Rockefeller's private papers to reconstruct the story of his troubled origins and his single-minded pursuit of wealth. 105 photos.


Author: David Rockefeller

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 0812969731

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 521

View: 6346

The youngest son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller narrates the story of his life, from his youth and Harvard education, through his military service during World War II, to his career in business and finance, and chronicles his varied roles as financier, philanthropist, and unofficial international envoy. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.

The Warburgs

The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family

Author: Ron Chernow

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0525431837

Category: History

Page: 880

View: 4888

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling author of Alexander Hamilton, the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical, comes this definitive biography of the Warburgs, one of the great German-Jewish banking families of the twentieth century. Bankers, philanthropists, scholars, socialites, artists, and politicians, the Warburgs stood at the pinnacle of German (and, later, of German-American) Jewry. They forged economic dynasties, built mansions and estates, assembled libraries, endowed charities, and advised a German kaiser and two American presidents. But their very success made the Warburgs lightning rods for anti-Semitism, and their sense of patriotism became increasingly dangerous in a Germany that had declared Jews the enemy. Ron Chernow's hugely fascinating history is a group portrait of a clan whose members were renowned for their brilliance, culture, and personal energy yet tragically vulnerable to the dark and irrational currents of the twentieth century.

Andrew Carnegie

Author: David Nasaw

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780143112440

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 878

View: 3845

Chronicles the life of the iconic business titan from his modest upbringing in mid-1800s Scotland through his rise to one of the world's richest men, offering insight into his work as a peace advocate and his motivations for giving away most of his fortune.

The History of the Standard Oil Company

Author: Ida Minerva Tarbell

Publisher: N.A


Category: Petroleum industry and trade

Page: N.A

View: 9739

John D. Rockefeller on Making Money

Advice and Words of Wisdom on Building and Sharing Wealth

Author: John D. Rockefeller

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1632207370

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 128

View: 7745

Advice and words of wisdom from the greatest American businessman and philanthropist. John D. Rockefeller is considered to be the wealthiest man to have ever lived, after adjusting for inflation. An American businessman who made his wealth as a cofounder and leading figure of the Standard Oil Company, he also had a pivotal role in creating our modern system of philanthropy. Collected in John D. Rockefeller on Making Money are the words from the man himself, offering advice on how to successfully start and manage a booming business, as well as the most efficient ways to preserve your wealth once you have acquired it. These quotes also cover: Happiness in the face of great wealth Money and its effects Thoughts on facing public criticism Thoughts on big business in the USA Included are John D. Rockefeller’s thoughts on the most sage and conscientious manner of distributing and sharing your wealth when your wealth is overflowing. Finally, we get a glimpse into Rockefeller’s life with the inclusion of some of his most personal correspondence.

The People's Tycoon

Henry Ford and the American Century

Author: Steven Watts

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307558978

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 656

View: 3975

How a Michigan farm boy became the richest man in America is a classic, almost mythic tale, but never before has Henry Ford’s outsized genius been brought to life so vividly as it is in this engaging and superbly researched biography. The real Henry Ford was a tangle of contradictions. He set off the consumer revolution by producing a car affordable to the masses, all the while lamenting the moral toll exacted by consumerism. He believed in giving his workers a living wage, though he was entirely opposed to union labor. He had a warm and loving relationship with his wife, but sired a son with another woman. A rabid anti-Semite, he nonetheless embraced African American workers in the era of Jim Crow. Uncovering the man behind the myth, situating his achievements and their attendant controversies firmly within the context of early twentieth-century America, Watts has given us a comprehensive, illuminating, and fascinating biography of one of America’s first mass-culture celebrities. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller

The Woman in the Family

Author: Bernice Kert

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780812970449

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 537

View: 708

The first complete biography of Abby Rockefeller, founder of the Museum of Modern Art and the woman who shaped the character and destiny of one of America's most powerful families. "From the Hardcover edition.

The House of Morgan

An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance

Author: Ron Chernow

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802198139

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 848

View: 5171

Published to critical acclaim twenty years ago, and now considered a classic, The House of Morgan is the most ambitious history ever written about American finance. It is a rich, panoramic story of four generations of Morgans and the powerful, secretive firms they spawned, ones that would transform the modern financial world. Tracing the trajectory of J. P. Morgan’s empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the financial crisis of 1987, acclaimed author Ron Chernow paints a fascinating portrait of the family’s private saga and the rarefied world of the American and British elite in which they moved—a world that included Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, Franklin Roosevelt, Nancy Astor, and Winston Churchill. A masterpiece of financial history—it was awarded the 1990 National Book Award for Nonfiction and selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century—The House of Morgan is a compelling account of a remarkable institution and the men who ran it, and an essential book for understanding the money and power behind the major historical events of the last 150 years.

The First Tycoon

Author: T.J. Stiles

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307271556

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 752

View: 1014

NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD In this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who, through his genius and force of will, did more than perhaps any other individual to create modern capitalism. Meticulously researched and elegantly written, The First Tycoon describes an improbable life, from Vanderbilt’s humble birth during the presidency of George Washington to his death as one of the richest men in American history. In between we see how the Commodore helped to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation. Epic in its scope and success, the life of Vanderbilt is also the story of the rise of America itself. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Breaking Rockefeller

The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals who Toppled an Oil Empire

Author: Peter B. Doran

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525427392

Category: Petroleum industry and trade

Page: 337

View: 971

Marcus Samuel Jr. is an unorthodox Jewish merchant trader. Henri Deterding is a take-no-prisoners oilman. In 1889, John D. Rockefeller is at the peak of his power. Having annihilated all competition and dominating the oil market, even the US government is wary of challenging Standard Oil. The Standard never loses - that is until Samuel and Deterding team up to form Royal Dutch Shell. A riveting account of ambition, oil and greed, Breaking Rockefeller traces Samuel and Deterding's rise to the top of the oil industry, and the collapse of Rockefeller's monopoly.

As I See it

The Autobiography of J. Paul Getty

Author: Jean Paul Getty

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 9780892367009

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 358

View: 5252

In his candid and witty autobiography, famed tycoon J. Paul Getty invites readers to glimpse the twentieth century from the vantage point of a man who lived, as he puts it, "through the most exciting and exhilarating - and most turbulent and terrible - eight decades of human history." Whether describing how he amassed his staggering fortune, recounting conversations with intriguing personalities of the day, or frankly discussing his marriages and liaisons, J. Paul Getty sets the record straight - once and for all. He even speaks honestly about his notorious stinginess and the bizarre problems faced by the impossibly wealthy.

The Death of the Banker

The Decline and Fall of the Great Financial Dynasties and the Triumph of the Small Investor

Author: Ron Chernow

Publisher: Vintage


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 130

View: 2716

Traces the shifting balance of power among investors, borrowers, and bankers, explaining why such great financial dynasties as the Rothschilds, the Morgans, and the Warburgs have become obsolete in the 1990s. Original. 20,000 first printing.

All the Great Prizes

The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt

Author: John Taliaferro

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416597344

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 673

View: 8767

A full-scale portrait of Lincoln's Secretary and the Secretary of State under Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt traces his constant presence at the 16th President's side and role in major historical events for more than half a century, providing parallel coverage of his privileged and romantic personal life.


An American Life

Author: David Cannadine

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307386791

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 778

View: 4910

A landmark portrait of Andrew Mellon describes his rise to the heights of political and financial power, his controversial role as treasury secretary under three presidents, and his remarkable philanthropy and gift to America of the National Gallery of Art. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.


An Autobiography

Author: Lee Iacocca,William Novak

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780307788689

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 7898

He’s an American legend, a straight-shooting businessman who brought Chrysler back from the brink and in the process became a media celebrity, newsmaker, and a man many had urged to run for president. The son of Italian immigrants, Lee Iacocca rose spectacularly through the ranks of Ford Motor Company to become its president, only to be toppled eight years later in a power play that should have shattered him. But Lee Iacocca didn’t get mad, he got even. He led a battle for Chrysler’s survival that made his name a symbol of integrity, know-how, and guts for millions of Americans. In his classic hard-hitting style, he tells us how he changed the automobile industry in the 1960s by creating the phenomenal Mustang. He goes behind the scenes for a look at Henry Ford’s reign of intimidation and manipulation. He recounts the miraculous rebirth of Chrysler from near bankruptcy to repayment of its $1.2 billion government loan so early that Washington didn’t know how to cash the check. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Author: Ron Chernow

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 159420487X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1074

View: 1829

"Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Ron Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency."--Book jacket.