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John D. Rockefeller, Sr.: America's First Billionaire (Titans of Fortune) [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Alef
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Book Description

Biographical profile of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. America's first billionaire. Rockefeller established Standard Oil and built it into an oil empire that controlled the oil industry. Standard Oil was the nation's most powerful trust, a progenitor of other major monopolistic trusts and one that would help launch Teddy Roosevelt’s attack on the “malefactors of great wealth.” In the process of amassing great wealth, Rockefeller's reputation developed more facets than a diamond. Few could agree on whether he was, as many called him, "the world's most hated man," or as the New York Times labeled him: “the world’s greatest giver.” Public opinion ran the gamut. He contributed more than $531 million to charities and educational institutions and founded the University of Chicago. Ida M. Tarbell vilified him in a series of articles and books. And the Supreme Court ordered Standard to dissolve due to restraint of trade. The dissolution resulted in 34 companies including Exxon, Mobil, Conoco, Chevron, Amoco, Sohio, Socony, Atlantic, Richfield, Esso, Marathon and 23 other smaller entities. The New York Times called Rockefeller's story the "outstanding example of the romance of American business, the most dramatic illustration of the opportunity for amassing wealth which was a part of the era of rugged individualism." Award-winning author Daniel Alef tells his fascinating story and the conundrums faced in appraising his legacy. [6,449-word Titans of Fortune article with timeline, bibliography and links to videos]

Product Details

  • File Size: 469 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Titans of Fortune Publishing (February 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001S2PSX8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Short read August 20, 2012
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This book is very short and gives little insight into the family or the corporate structure of Standard Oil
To get the history that I was looking for I'll have to get a more comprehensive work
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3.0 out of 5 stars Successful tycoon March 14, 2013
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the creator of the Standard Oil trust needs no introduction to business readers. I like these books but wish there was more to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview February 21, 2014
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Does not provide in-depth information of the fall from grace of Standard. Expected a lot more informative content particularly on the crises and controversies surrounding Rockefeller and Standard and the international competitions faced and what was the mechanisms employed to thwart and what was the final result.
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I found this book to be OK in that it give the reader a brief overview of the Rockefeller's life, but at the same time, I lacking in that it doesn't go into the detail that a good, full length biography would.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Useful but can glean just as much from August 13, 2014
Simple summary of the life of John D. Useful but can glean just as much from Wikpedia
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