- Series: Harvest Book
- Paperback: 474 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books (January 24, 1962)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156767902
- ISBN-13: 978-0156767903
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is a classic.
UNIVERSITY. I BOUGHT THIS EDITION FOR GRAND CHILDREN - WHO HAD NO
IDEA OF THE ROBBER BARONS
This book has a certain bias against the Barons and the laissez-faire system that created them, but it is not overwhelming. Keep in mind that it was written in the depths of the Great Depression, when many people questioned their faith in the free market system. While the author describes their many great accomplishments, he also spends plenty of time on their weaknesses and excesses, especially in the latter chapters. But remember, even the most admirable Barons also bribed politicians, abused their workers, and cheated ordinary investors by manipulating their own stock. Many of their actions would be illegal today.
This book contains a lot of detail (though if you are like me, you will soon be wanting more). It is not a light book for a lazy Sunday afternoon. But if you are really interested, this is the place to start.