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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, but a good review of the period, July 10, 2006
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This review is from: The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy (Hardcover)
Charles Morris's "The Tycoons" is a good summation of the Industrial Revolution but is almost certainly poorly sub-titled with "How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould and J.P. Morgan Invented the Supereconomy". The New York Times did a review on October 2, 2005 and Todd Buchholtz hit the nail on the head writing "The Tycoons is not a path-breaking work of scholarship, testing new hypotheses against freshly uncovered facts." In fact a good part of Morris's book has nothing to do with these four very important men of commerce influenced anything. Rather he does show what the principal drivers behind such an economic explosion were. His writings on the four are based upon good, but not really extensive, research. For instance, much of his writing on Morgan is attributable to the best seller by Ron Chernow, The House of Morgan. While this was certainly a terrific book, to have it as THE principal souce or one of your main topics, is to short change any serious effort at research.

He manages to get a plug on the book by I.W. Brands of the University of Texas, one of our most well respected historians on the period. Perhaps Professor Brands saw something I did not. That said, it is a quick read and a rather fun one. A bit more organization would have gone a long way.
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Initial post: Jan 13, 2014 9:09:18 PM PST
John Nava says:
Well, after all, he is a lawyer; not an historian.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2014 10:24:47 AM PDT
DolphinBlue says:
And your point would be? That we should lower our expectations because he endeavoured outside his field of expertise? That perhaps he should write law-oriented books?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2014 7:18:29 PM PDT
John Nava says:
Example: Journalists may write better books as far as the writing itself, but there is nothing that compares to a good historian as far as objectivity and research.
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