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Not the biographies I wanted...,
This review is from: The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy (Paperback)
I got this book as I was interested in the four men featured, and figured it would be a consolidated volume of their biographies and how they interacted and influenced each other. It did deliver on that, but there was all this other stuff I didn't expect or care to read about. The title of this book should have been, "American Economic History from 1860-1900 and Four Men who were Influential." The largest point of dissatisfaction was that there are two major digressions that are chapters long. The first is the explanation of manufacturing rifles and the second is about the evolution of steel production. I understand the steel production has a lot to do with Carnegie, but there was no comparable explantion about oil for Rockefeller or banking for Morgan. Watch out! This book was also written by a lawyer, and it shows. I kept track of how many words I had to look up in the dictionary while reading this and it turned out to be over 100! And I fancy myself as a pretty educated and sophisticated person (I chose this book to read for leisure, didn't I?). Overall, I gave it three stars as the title is misleading and the long boring digressions took away from the other enjoyments.