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While Chernow amply catalogs Rockefeller's misdeeds, he also presents the tycoon's human side. Making use of voluminous business correspondence, as well as rare transcripts of interviews conducted when Rockefeller was in his late 70s and early 80s, Chernow is able to present his subject's perspective on his own past, re-creating a figure who has come down to us as cold and unfeeling as a shrewd, dryly humorous man who had no inner misgivings about reconciling his devout religious convictions with his fiscal acquisitiveness. The story of John D. Rockefeller Sr. is, in many ways, the story of America between the Civil War and the First World War, and Chernow has told that story in magnificently fascinating depth and style.
I've recommended it to at least six people. A great story, a page turnerPublished 27 days ago by Beatrice
Like how the book took his upbringing to light. That's what makes the greatsPublished 3 months ago by Sean
May be a difficult read for some but very well researched, articulated and written. Ageless classic.Published 5 months ago by Tim
Excellent biography -- fine writing. For what it's worth, Rockefeller did "standardize" the production of oil and lower the cost of lighting homes when whale oil prices... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Barbara
Chernow has written the best book that will ever be written on Rockefeller. A must read for any serious person.Published 6 months ago by Richard H. Place