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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (February 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486428214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486428215
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It takes some stamina to read, but definitely worth my while!
Richard Zeile
This edition is full of punctuation and formatting errors that the simplest of word processing programs would have flagged.
David
The work is definitely of historical value, but the style is plodding and sensationalistic, not objective.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Tom Larson on February 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful account of the beginnings of the Standard Oil Company - from the perspective of one of the premier muckracker's of the 19th century. The book is mainly a series of articles strung together detailing some of the more illegal efforts of John D. Rockefeller to create a monopoly in the oil industry. It is a classic account of how to create a monopoly and has stories that involve everything from dynamiting the competition to innovative rebate plans that discourage competition..
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By g. crisp on December 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is over 800 pages, starting from the early U.S. oil companies competing with one another in an 1890's style industrial struggle. It has detail. If you like hard data this is the source. Daunted by the size of this tome? read the last three chapters first. "The Price of Oil", "The legitimate Greatness of The Company" and "The Conclusion": these three chapters will put the present day in a new light for you. The Caspian Sea was an oil field before the Bolschevik Revolution. At that time czarist Russia was a world contender. Now Caspian Sea oil has been "rediscovered". What was the Burma oil co.? What were the yearly production figures? what were the various allocations of oil use? What role were other countries playing? This is the place to find it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pulp Lover on November 7, 2012
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Like at least one other kindle edition, this book gives only the first 8 chapters. The full book contains 18 chapters and 64 appendices. Check out all the kindle editions before you buy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SMan4MGR@aol.com on October 3, 2011
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The kindle edition of this book is cheap (99 cents) for a reason. Tons of typos and missing words/sentences. It's still readable but frustrating at times to follow.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ronald L. Altschuler on August 22, 2012
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Basically the book was pretty interesting.The Rockerfellers and some of the Barons of the day were a tough bunch,but some were definiately more unscrupulous than others.Watson of IBM and John D.of Standard OIl appear to led the pack.The book went into details that were a bit redundant and pretty dry.But as I stated, the book was an interesting insight into not only the man, but the times and the opening of a new age due to the finding of oil and the byproducts from it..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Warren on November 16, 2013
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The photocopied text is fine, the work itself is groundbreaking BUT nowhere in the advertising does this version tell that it is ONLY VOL. 1 of a two volume work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pulp Lover on November 7, 2012
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This kindle edition contains only 8 chapters. The full book has 18 chapters and 16 appendices. Amazon carries another kindle edition that appears to be complete. Check out the table of contents before you buy.Also, the file should probably be 5,000 kb or larger.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David on June 13, 2013
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This important work deserves a readable electronic edition. This edition is full of punctuation and formatting errors that the simplest of word processing programs would have flagged.
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