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The Tycoons

How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockerfeller, Jay Gould, and J.P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy
Morris, Charles R. (Book - 2005)
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Baker & Taylor
Looks at the role of four giants of industry in creating the modern American economy, tracing their rise to wealth and power in the years following the Civil War, their individual approaches to business, and their fostering of the growth of the middle class.

McMillan Palgrave
“Makes a reader feel like a time traveler plopped down among men who were by turns vicious and visionary.”—The Christian Science Monitor

The modern American economy was the creation of four men: Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan. They were the giants of the Gilded Age, a moment of riotous growth that established America as the richest, most inventive, and most productive country on the planet.

Acclaimed author Charles R. Morris vividly brings the men and their times to life. The ruthlessly competitive Carnegie, the imperial Rockefeller, and the provocateur Gould were obsessed with progress, experiment, and speed. They were balanced by Morgan, the gentleman businessman, who fought, instead, for a global trust in American business. Through their antagonism and their verve, they built an industrial behemoth—and a country of middle-class consumers. The Tycoons tells the incredible story of how these four determined men wrenched the economy into the modern age, inventing a nation of full economic participation that could not have been imagined only a few decades earlier.


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An original and compelling portrait of how four determined men ascended to unrivaled wealth, productivity, and world dominance after the Civil War

What we think of as the modern American economy was the creation of four men: Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan. They were the giants of the Gilded Age, and lived at a moment of riotous growth—and real violence—that established America as the richest, most inventive, and most productive country on the planet. They are, quite literally, the founding fathers of our economy—and, thus, of modern America.

Acclaimed author and journalist Charles R. Morris vividly brings these four men to life. On one side are Carnegie, the ruthless competitor; Gould, the provocateur in the shadows; and Rockefeller, the visionary who understood how to manage sprawling empires. These three were obsessed with progress, experiment, and speed. In steel, railroads, oil, and money markets, they rallied behind a single-minded code: bigger, cheaper, faster. And then there was Morgan, the gentleman businessman, who fought, instead, for a global trust in American business. Through their competition over the last decades of the nineteenth century, they built a powerful nation populated with consumers as well as producers, fostering the growth of the middle class. The Tycoons tells the incredible story of how four determined men wrenched the economy into the modern age, inventing a nation of full economic participation that could not have been imagined only a few decades earlier.




Baker
& Taylor

Looks at the role of four powerful giants of industry--Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan--in creating the modern American economy, tracing their rise to wealth and power in the years following the Civil War, their individual approaches to business, their competition, and their fostering of the growth of the middle class.

Authors: Morris, Charles R.
Statement of Responsibility: Charles R. Morris
Title: The tycoons
how Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockerfeller, Jay Gould, and J.P. Morgan invented the American supereconomy
Publisher: New York : H. Holt and Co., c2005
Characteristics: xvi, 382 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Notes: "Times Books."
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-367) and index
Subject Headings: Industrial management United States History Industrialists United States Biography Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937 Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919 Gould, Jay, 1836-1892 Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913
Topical Term: Industrial management
Industrialists
LCCN: 2005041637
ISBN: 0805075992
9780805075991
Branch Call Number: 338.0922 M
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Sep 19, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Atrocious book. Could more accurately be titled, how the death merchants were reponsible for the murders of countless millions, global deprivation and the existing state of America today, where one out of every two Americans is poor, according to the most recent Census Bureau data. (Morgan's fortune originally derived from buying muskets which had been marked defective, then reselling them to the Union Army, which resulted in the deaths of untold Union soldiers; John Rockefeller was responsible for covertly shipping oil to the Nazis' Third Reich, through Spain and Switzerland; Carnegie (and Schwab) sold the subs to Germany which were responsible for sinking the Luisitania, and what's even more interesting, but rarely told (and not in this book) was how Carnegie came by his original early fortune, and on and on, Morgan financed Italy's (Benito Mussolini) invasion of Libya, and on and on.

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