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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
Ron Chernow’s bestselling books include The House of Morgan, winner of the National Book Award; The Warburgs, which won the George S. Eccles Prize; The Death of the Banker; Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Washington: A Life, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Biography; and Alexander Hamilton, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and adapted into the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton. Chernow has served as president of PEN American Center and has received seven honorary doctoral degrees. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
4,0 su 5 stelleEnjoyable and interesting, but not perfect
DaHome officeil 31 agosto 2015 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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.
5,0 su 5 stelleWonderful book about John D. Rockefeller
DaVikil 7 giugno 2017 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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.
Dablraideril 2 gennaio 2017 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
An excellent book on a great man. Ron Chernow has proved once again his mastery of biography skills. JDR was an interesting person with two faces, a fierce capitalist and warm old man. The author has succeed to give us enough details about JDR in an entertaining way. Worth of reading.
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