"Mr. Farber chronicles in well-researched detail the surprisingly colorful life of John J. Raskob, who is relatively unknown compared to many other business leaders of his era. Farber effectively brings to light Raskob's important roles in the growth and development of two corporate giants, DuPont and General Motors, at critical junctures in their histories, as well as his significant engagement in other important business, political, religious, and social activities of the era."
--Rick Wagoner, former Chairman and CEO, General Motors
"The 'organizing genius of this country' and an exemplar of the American Dream-this is how contemporaries styled John Raskob. David Farber evocatively reveals Raskob's 'inner fire' and how it drove decades of innovation within American capitalism. Business, finance, politics, motoring in the West, and creating the Empire State Building were all adventures for Raskob, and Farber's splendid prose captures the zeal and legacies of Raskob's passions."
--Pamela Walker Laird, author of Pull: Networking and Success since Benjamin Franklin
"Seventy-five years before the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management was founded, John J. Raskob unknowingly provided its mission statement. David Farber has brought to life an extraordinary figure in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States whose gifts to the Church were as much his prescience as his philanthropy."
-- Kerry A. Robinson, Executive Director, National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management
"No other book covers the same ground -- a curious lacuna, given Raskob's undeniable importance in economic history. A thoroughly researched book..."
About the Author
is Professor of History at Temple University. He is the author of The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism; Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam;
and Sloan Rules: Alfred P. Sloan and the Triumph of General Motors.