He gave plenty away because he was not only frugal but generous as well. Though he is driven by the desire to amass wealth, he shuns ostentation, eats and dresses modestly and never allows his young children to have expensive things. He earned billions of dollars at a time when one million would set one for life. But I did not remember that Strong married Bessie Rockefeller, John's eldest child, who went insane and died at the age of forty. Five hundred pages in, when Chernow finally tells you what Tarbel said, you've already been hearing about her in brief asides that imply anyone half educated should know who that is many, many times.
Chernow has confirmed his reputation as a great business historian. Wow, this one took a lot of effort. Oil at the time was only used for kerosene to light lamps and as lubricating oil. You can actually imagine the tycoon sitting in front of a group of children at his church teaching a Sunday school class. Companies that trace their roots to the Standard Oil Company? Without doubt this book deserves five stars. Every person is, to some degree, a product of his or her times, and Rockefeller was certainly no exception. Titan refers to John D.
It is Ron Chernow's signal triumph that he narrates this monumental saga with all the sweep, drama, and insight that this giant subject deserves. Unskilled business types ruining the market. Rockefeller's legacy is mixed, and a reader's views of economics, capitalism, government regulation, and large corporations will influence which facets of Rockefeller stand out and define the man. I bought a subscription to audible. In his retirement, he continued philanthropy, establishing high schools for southern black. Chernow writes an excellent biography and even better when the subject is someone y A very comprehensive and entertaining biography on one of the love 'em or hate 'em men who built the country. .
It shows him to have a complex family history, a deep drive to be successful, and in many ways a ruthless I wouldn't say it's positive or negative. But as he gave away money there was still venom thrown at him for his unfair business practices and his extraordinary wealth. Or perhaps it's peer effects and nurture illusions: having more kids is what poor people do, a good rich parent has two children and makes sure they both get into Harvard by getting into elite pre-k and summer schools. If the descendants of William Rockefeller were identified with National City, the progeny of John D. For myself, hopefully after reading this book I now have a better chance of beating my 11 year old daughter in the board game Monopoly. Titan presents a finely nuanced portrait of a fascinating, complex man, synthesizing his public and private lives and disclosing numerous family scandals, tragedies, and misfortunes that have never before come to light. As Chernow reveals, Rockefeller slowly squeezed out competitors by cutting deals with railroads to provide cheaper shipments to customers.
Now National Book Award—winning biographer Ron Chernow gives us a detailed and insightful history of the mogul. Is it surprising to find that under such circumstances the market does not necessarily regulate itself, and what insinuates itself into every nook and cranny is a massive all-embracing monopoly, that kills competition through takeovers and destructive pricing? Titan presents a finely nuanced portrait of a fascinating, complex man, synthesizing his public and private lives and disclosing numerous family scandals, tragedies, and misfortunes never before revealed. However, Edith slid into deep depression and agoraphobia. Definitely recommended to anyone interested in the subject. Regardless of what people say about his business practices, he shaped the petroleum industry in this country and all over the world.
I picked this book up now that I live in Cleveland, to learn more about how Rockefeller got his start here and the legacies he left behind. It was also amazing at how bad both the Rockefellers and Standard Oil were at public relations and politics. There are many reasons to demonize someone such as him, but what surprised me, was how I often found myself liking him. He personally designed the grounds of each of his homes and estates. He would leave his family for months at a time with no communication. You get not only corrupt business but also immense philanthropic beneficence.
Rockefeller had not been born, but his combination of personal frugality, keen competitiveness, self-control and business acumen created a monopoly and personal wealth not matched until Bill Gates used some of the same techniques with the advent of personal computers. As you are most likely aware, John D. Unflaggingly interesting, it brings John D. If his whole point is to prove Tarbell wrong, he should have addressed her accusations at the beginning. And with this came investigations. Numbers gave Rockefeller an objective yardstick to compare his far-flung operations, enabling him to cut through the false claims of subordinates. Another fascinating topic throughout the book is to note how people around him treated him because of his wealth.
He did not hand them money in their childhoods or youth. And as he grew older, he became more playful, giving away dimes to strangers, riding around in sporty automobiles, and obsessively playing golf. His charming snake-oil salesman and bigamist father, Rockefeller's own duality--the cold-blooded businessman and the pious philanthropist--and the variety of characters among his children and grandchildren form a better-than-fiction cast. He wasn't in the business of saving souls though; he was in the business of doing what he was good at - accumulating wealth - and then giving away shitloads of that wealth to people who needed it for practical reasons regardless of the recipient's belief system. And one only reaches such heights through dubious means; including extortion, bribes, back door deals, payroll politicians, and general cruelty to all the little fish below.
After graduating with honors from Yale College and Cambridge University with degrees in English Literature, he began a prolific career as a freelance journalist. Anyone who stood in his way was either bought out or run out of business. He quietly gave money to worthy causes, and without fanfare paid the mortgage of the Baptist church that had been important throughout his life. And one only reaches such heights through dubious means; including extortion, bribes, back door deals, payroll politicians, and general cruelty to all the little fish below. Rockefeller Senior are in good hands with Ron Chernow at the helm.