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Product Details

  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 2nd edition (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400077303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400077304
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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''A biography that has many of the best attributes of a novel . . . Wonderfully fluent and compelling.'' --New York Times

''Ron Chernow's portrait of Rockefeller, an eccentric on a heroic scale as well as a genius, is convincing . . . This is the best biography of the man so far.'' --Washington Post Book World

''Splendid . . . A blue-chip biography.'' --Newsweek

''It is hard to imagine a better biography of Rockefeller being written . . . An enthralling biography of an enthralling person.'' --Chicago Tribune

''With uncanny timing, Ron Chernow has written a captivating biography of one of the most famous men in American business history . . . Business needs more books like Titan.'' --Newsday

''Chernow has written the definitive biographies of two other legendary financial dynasties . . . Now, with his Rockefeller biography, he has completed an extraordinary trilogy about the towering figures of twentieth-century commerce.'' --Vanity Fair

''A scrupulously balanced, frequently fascinating, and humanizing portrait of a figure of seemingly superhuman energy and ambition.'' --People

''By the time Chernow is finished, the old guy seems utterly human . . . and oddly appealing…A timeless parable of our civilization.'' --San Francisco Chronicle

''A monumental and mesmerizing biography . . . A fascinating yarn, capturing a man who insisted he could serve God and Mammon.'' --San Diego Union-Tribune

''Stunning . . . Mr. Chernow has confirmed his reputation as a great business historian.'' --Financial Times (London)

''A worthy biography of a truly titanic figure.'' --Economist (London)

''Sweeping . . . Chernow lays out the [Rockefeller] conundrum superbly, delineating the forces that shaped this man and the ways he responded to them.'' --USA Today

''[No biographer] has been as skilled, or as exhaustive, as Ron Chernow.'' --Philadelphia Inquirer

''Good biographies are hard to find and great ones even rarer . . . A thoughtful and balanced approach to one of the most significant and controversial lives of the past century . . . Spellbinding.'' --Seattle Times

''A masterful synthesis of research and writing…An extraordinary achievement in biography.'' --New Republic

''A triumph of research, understanding, and elegant writing.'' --Houston Chronicle

''What a story! An outstanding business biography.'' --New York Observer

''You can read this book as a sympathetic portrait of a complex man, a business history, a legal battle, or simply as a great yarn.'' --Businessweek

''Chernow has written the definitive biographies of two other legendary financial dynasties . . . Now, with his Rockefeller biography, he has completed an extraordinary trilogy about the towering figures of twentieth-century commerce.'' --Vanity Fair

''A scrupulously balanced, frequently fascinating, and humanizing portrait of a figure of seemingly superhuman energy and ambition.'' --People

''By the time Chernow is finished, the old guy seems utterly human . . . and oddly appealing…A timeless parable of our civilization.'' --San Francisco Chronicle

''A monumental and mesmerizing biography . . . A fascinating yarn, capturing a man who insisted he could serve God and Mammon.'' --San Diego Union-Tribune

''Stunning . . . Mr. Chernow has confirmed his reputation as a great business historian.'' --Financial Times (London)

''A worthy biography of a truly titanic figure.'' --Economist (London)

''Sweeping . . . Chernow lays out the [Rockefeller] conundrum superbly, delineating the forces that shaped this man and the ways he responded to them.'' --USA Today

''[No biographer] has been as skilled, or as exhaustive, as Ron Chernow.'' --Philadelphia Inquirer

''Good biographies are hard to find and great ones even rarer . . . A thoughtful and balanced approach to one of the most significant and controversial lives of the past century . . . Spellbinding.'' --Seattle Times

''A masterful synthesis of research and writing…An extraordinary achievement in biography.'' --New Republic

''A triumph of research, understanding, and elegant writing.'' --Houston Chronicle

''What a story! An outstanding business biography.'' --New York Observer

''You can read this book as a sympathetic portrait of a complex man, a business history, a legal battle, or simply as a great yarn.'' --Businessweek --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Ron Chernow's first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award and the Ambassador Award for the year's best study of American culture. His second book, The Warburgs, won the Eccles Prize as the Best Business Book of 1993 and was also selected by the American Library Association as one of that year's best nonfiction books. In reviewing his recent collection of essays, The Death of the Banker, The New York Times called the author "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades  and chose the paperback original as one of the year's Notable Books.


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More About the Author

Ron Chernow won the National Book Award in 1990 for his first book, The House of Morgan, and his second book, The Warburgs, won the Eccles Prize as the Best Business Book of 1993. His biography of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., Titan, was a national bestseller and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.