Chernow presents a contradictory figure in Rockefeller, and many who read all the negative press about him before meeting him were surprised at how down-to-earth he was and how he avoided shows of wealth or ostentation. While providing abundant evidence of Rockefeller's misdeeds, Chernow discards the stereotype of the cold-blooded monster to sketch an unforgettably human portrait of a quirky, eccentric original. In naming four, I simply feel that I do injustice to the book for not naming all the others equally well portrayed. The truth, as is generally the case, lies somewhere in the middle. He conducted the businesses he ran by the rules in the United States at a time when creating monopolies was more or less acceptable. The college for women gave them ability to be strong to survive in modern economics.
Born of the unlikely union between a strict Baptist matriarch and her husband, a bigamist, alleged rapist, and snake-oil salesman, Rockefeller's early childhood was spent learning how to shoulder an adult's responsibility for his family and turn a deaf ear to the gossip that followed wherever his father went. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. This life-changing Audible Original features a powerful mix of one-on-one life-coaching sessions and a personal narrative with vital take-aways that you can start using immediately. Written in 1922, this work provides a unique insight into the observations, ideas, and problem-solving skills of this remarkable man. Then the bullets struck, and the assassinated president became a legend, the truth of his life obscured by his tragic and untimely death. A man who sought immortality and achieved it in just 10 years. Parents like to think their children reflect them in some ways, and John D.
There are many reasons to demonize someone such as him, but what surprised me, was how I often found myself liking him. Taking strategic decisions for himself and leaving the details of execution for others to carry out--a fact that allowed him a strategic ignorance of Standard Oil malfeasance. The book covers with great depth John D. Fascinating account of a Gilded Age titan much worse known than Carnegie. But Chernow partially compensates for this with his fine psychological sensitivity, as sharp as a first-rate novelist. Chernow clearly spent years pouring through primary sources, conducting his own interviews, and reading the biographical attempts of other authors. And many successful people are philanthropists.
Synopsis American industrialist John D. Clark started a produce commission business and raised a good capital. It was a time where war, famine, plague, and poverty were common factors of human life. Award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt, the author of The Righteous Mind, shows how a deeper understanding of the world's philosophical wisdom and its enduring maxims can enrich and even transform our lives. As always a stellar biographical piece.
He had no interest in most material things such as boats or fancy clothes. Yet by the end of the book I found that I both liked and admired the man, or at least the man he later became. He lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York. The Rockefeller Foundation focused on medical training, public health, and art. Those five stars mean quite simply that I loved every minute spent with the book. The truth is that he was both. In order for the Nazis to be stopped, the Allies had to invade occupied Europe.
I do not believe this entirely because he never did this sort of thing in the past. Finally she ended her affiliation with Jung and her marriage as well. Together they had four daughters and one son. He was also a bigamist, and these travels allowed him to maintain another family under the false identity of William Levingston. He gave plenty away because he was not only frugal but generous as well.
He however lived in Cleveland where there was no oil. Titan was a very comprehensive biography of John D. The Power Broker is over 1,000 pages long, but I really believe that every word served a purpose. Inside you will read about. Another 5-star tour de force biography by the masterful Ron Chernow! Rockefeller was likely the most controversial businessman in our nat John D. Bill had English and German roots, while Eliza was of Scotish-Irish descent. But to see Lincoln solely as a tragic figure consumed with the strife of mid-19th century America is to miss meeting him as a man who never allowed himself to be defeated by adversity, grief, or turmoil.
While I think his time in Florida, giving out dimes and nickels, needed a few lines -- it just wandered a bit at the end thus my four stars, not five. There was more to Rockefeller than his money, even if those are synonymous in most readers' minds. But I found I have other connections, too: My great-grandf A fascinating and surprisingly peppy biography of Rockefeller. I listened to the audio - 35 hours in less than a week. There was a lot of repetition and approximately half the book is about the people around Rockefeller including a lot of time spent on his son and some of his business associates, but this allows for a very dynamic and complete picture of the era and Rockefeller's role in it.
The philanthropy transitions into an account of Rockefeller Junior, as he is entrusted with it, who emerges as diligent and effective, but not the man his father was. A careful and studious businessman who refrained from taking unnecessary risks, Rockefeller sensed an opportunity in the oil business in the early 1860s. Starting out as a diffident boy deep in his father's shadow, he takes the stern upbringing he received to a greater extreme than dad, yet finally comes into his own with the development of Rockefeller Center. Every person is, to some degree, a product of his or her times, and Rockefeller was certainly no exception. Rockefeller was certainly an interesting man and his contributions to American business were highly significant. At the age of 20, he started donating over 10% of his income.
I do not see the necessity of I am currently reading this book as a non-American and I found it really interesting, plus is easy to read. In his retirement, he continued philanthropy, establishing high schools for southern black. It shows him to have a complex family history, a deep drive to be successful, and in many ways a ruthless attitude. Rockefeller was a complex man. Since Rockefeller himself was so guarded during his lifetime, never spontaneous or candid, while achieving such historical importance, it is hard to resist the urge to simplify his character—merely to fill up the lacunae he left. And who knew that my grandmother's hometown of Oil City was such a naughty hotspot in its day--so much so that the straitlaced Rockefeller avoided visits to the area.