JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER by Allan Nevins
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JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER

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A two-volume life of one of America's greatest industrialists, the man who created the first great monopoly, the Standard Oil Company, the man whose name has become a byword, a man who has been scorned, derided, misinterpreted, made subject of scurrilous attack in press and in the courts -- but who, in the last analysis, emerges as one of the world's great benefactors. This is not so much the story of the man (though the whole is enlivened with frequent glimpses behind the austere mask, of human bits concerning his family and his way of life); rather the story of a career; of a titanic struggle to establish organization out of chaos; of the use of that wealth to forward education, religion, philanthropy, science. The whole is told with objectivity, with a sincere endeavor to sift the truth from all sources, friendly and hostile. Interesting reading -- a real contribution to American biography.

Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 1940
Publisher: Scribner