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Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. de [Chernow, Ron]
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A biography that has many of the best attributes of a novel. . . . Wonderfully fluent and compelling. The New York Times

A triumph of the art of biography. Unflaggingly interesting, it brings John D. Rockefeller Sr. to life through sustained narrative portraiture of the large-scale, nineteenth-century kind. The New York Times Book Review

Important and impressive. . . . Reveals the man behind both the mask and the myth. The Wall Street Journal

One of the great American biographies. . . . [Chernow] writes with rich impartiality. He turns the machinations of Standard Oil . . . into fascinating social history. Time"

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

"A triumph of the art of biography. Unflaggingly interesting, it brings John D. Rockefeller Sr. to life through sustained narrative portraiture of the large-scale, nineteenth-century kind." --The New York Times Book Review

"Important and impressive. . . . Reveals the man behind both the mask and the myth." --The Wall Street Journal

"One of the great American biographies. . . . [Chernow] writes with rich impartiality. He turns the machinations of Standard Oil . . . into fascinating social history." --Time

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

-A triumph of the art of biography. Unflaggingly interesting, it brings John D. Rockefeller Sr. to life through sustained narrative portraiture of the large-scale, nineteenth-century kind.- --The New York Times Book Review

-Important and impressive. . . . Reveals the man behind both the mask and the myth.- --The Wall Street Journal

-One of the great American biographies. . . . [Chernow] writes with rich impartiality. He turns the machinations of Standard Oil . . . into fascinating social history.- --Time

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National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
 
From the acclaimed, award-winning author of Alexander Hamilton: here is the essential, endlessly engrossing biography of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.—the Jekyll-and-Hyde of American capitalism. In the course of his nearly 98 years, Rockefeller was known as both a rapacious robber baron, whose Standard Oil Company rode roughshod over an industry, and a philanthropist who donated money lavishly to universities and medical centers. He was the terror of his competitors, the bogeyman of reformers, the delight of caricaturists—and an utter enigma.
 
Drawing on unprecedented access to Rockefeller’s private papers, Chernow reconstructs his subjects’ troubled origins (his father was a swindler and a bigamist) and his single-minded pursuit of wealth. But he also uncovers the profound religiosity that drove him “to give all I could”; his devotion to his father; and the wry sense of humor that made him the country’s most colorful codger. Titan is a magnificent biography—balanced, revelatory, elegantly written.

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
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  • Longitud de impresión: 834
  • Editor: Vintage; Edición: 2nd (18 de diciembre de 2007)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B000XUDGHG
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Amazon.com: 4.6 de un máximo de 5 estrellas 509 opiniones
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Titan 13 de marzo de 2016
Por Senex Magister - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
This is the third book by Ron Chernow that I have read. Last year I read his biography of George Washington followed by his excellent work on Alexander Hamilton. His latest books led me to one of his earliest biographies. What they all have in common is a personal picture of Americans who have had a fundamental impact on this nation for good or ill. I wasn't sure how I would feel about a book that dealt with the life of John D. Rockefeller. I have to admit, as I began this book, that I had preconceived attitudes about men like Rockefeller especially in the context of the 2008 recession. Mr. Chernow points out so well that there is both a good and bad John D. Rockefeller who had so much to do with the creation of an Industrial American Economy in the Post Civil War Era. There is the greed of the monopolist who attempted to eliminate competition without regard to the untold harm it could cause to our economic prosperity. Then you see a man who was undoubtedly the wealthiest man in America committed to giving away the wealth he had accumulated to improve the society that had allowed such disparity in wealth. Yes, John D. Rockefeller brought philanthropy into our economic vernacular . There is a dichotomy here that is very difficult to judge. If we advocate a laissez-faire free market economy, such disparity seems to me is inevitable. In this book I saw both good and evil in this man. Mr. Chernow helps you to consider what kind of cooperation is necessary in a free democracy.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Appropriately Named 31 de diciembre de 2016
Por Samuel A. Danziger - Publicado en Amazon.com
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'Titan' by Ron Chernow tells the story of John Rockefeller, the founder of Exon-Mobil (née Standard Oil). Titan is an appropriate title: Rockefeller left footprints in America as large and significant as the retreating glaciers left in upstate New York. The book itself is well enough written with only a few flaws, the biggest of which is that in places it assumes that the reader already knows the story. Usually I did not, even though Rockefeller was big enough and important enough that I *ought* to have. I think this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Enjoyable and interesting, but not perfect 31 de agosto de 2015
Por Home office - Publicado en Amazon.com
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This is an excellent treatment of the subject. Chernow spends maybe a little more time psychoanalyzing JD and his family than providing historical narrative, but overall the story is well done, clearly well researched, and well written. To me, the weakest part of the book was Chernow's attempt to discuss the antitrust concepts in play. He seemed a bit confused at times as to what conduct was competition at work and what, under modern standards would be considered anticompetitive. At times he notes the irony that some of SO's biggest critics engaged in the same tactics, but never squares the circle so to speak on what is okay and what is not. For example, is it okay to get a discount from a railroad, or not? Modern antitrust and industrial organization economists would tend to say it is fine, but Chernow writes as if it is a terrible competitive sin. A bit more robust discussion of where JD and SO "crossed the line" would have made the book that much better. But overall I found this to be a good read and recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subject matter.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Much more than a biography 29 de mayo de 2013
Por Devin K. Williams - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Mr. Chernow managed to write a book that will leave you neither loving nor hating Rockefeller, Sr. You will kind of gasp at the wealth he amassed and be torn between hating him for his ruthlessness and admiring him for his humility (yes, humility), dedication (especially to his religion), and philanthropy. You will also wonder what he felt as a parent when you learn a little more about not only his kids, but their spouses and the choices they made...

Without ever being a steward to history, everyone still knows this name to this day and often associates it with the need for the government to intervene and break up the monopoly of Standard Oil. But don't be surprised if, sometimes, you find yourself rooting for Mr. John D. When you see how the government and some members of the press behaved at times, you may even develop a slight conservative streak...

In reading this book, I found myself torn about what I had previously been taught about this man... he seemed much fairer than he had always been portrayed to me before, but I still couldn't reconcile his stingy streak. Very interesting portrayal that will have you questioning values in business even, and perhaps, especially in today's "modern" age.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Wonderful book about John D. Rockefeller 7 de junio de 2017
Por Vik - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Excellent book. Audible add-on is also very very well done. This book is basically a great overview of Rockefeller's life and influences both by him and upon him. It's difficult to sum up such a long and influential life in a single book, but you really get a sense of it here along with the politics and economics of the time.

Chernow is an excellent writer.
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