National Guide Critics Circle Award Finalist
From the acclaimed, award-profitable creator of Alexander Hamilton: this is the very important, ceaselessly engrossing biography of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.—the Jekyll-and-Hyde of American capitalism. At some point of his just about 98 years, Rockefeller was once referred to as each a rapacious robber baron, whose Same old Oil Corporate rode roughshod over an trade, and a philanthropist who donated cash lavishly to universities and scientific facilities. He was once the fear of his competition, the bogeyman of reformers, the pride of caricaturists—and an utter enigma.
Drawing on unheard of get entry to to Rockefeller’s personal papers, Chernow reconstructs his topics’ afflicted origins (his father was once a swindler and a bigamist) and his unmarried-minded pursuit of wealth. However he additionally uncovers the profound religiosity that drove him “to provide all I may just”; his devotion to his father; and the wry humorousness that made him the rustic’s such a lot colourful codger. Titan is a powerful biography—balanced, revelatory, elegantly written.