The Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists, 1861-1901

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1962 - 474 Seiten
Prize-winning historian and biographer Matthew Josephson's The Robber Barons is the story of the Gilded Age's giant American capitalists who seized economic power after the Civil War and altered the shape of American life forever.

The definitive book on the rise and power of early American capitalists, The Robber Barons examines the careers of such masters of finance and industry as J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, E. H. Harriman, and Henry Clay Frick. In a fascinating narrative, mixing social, economic, and political history, Josephson shows that under the command of these industry titans, the country progressed from a mainly agrarian-mercantile society to an economy propelled predominantly by mass production.

With great verve and a fine sense of its dramatic values, what [Josephson] has written is not a mere series of biographies but a genuine history, with the stories of the great American capitalists skillfully interwoven, and with an eye always on the broader social background. -- New York Times Book Review
 

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Nutzerbericht  - dsha67 - LibraryThing

A well written and comprehensive book on the Barons of Industry from the early 19th century with Cornelius Vanderbilt to the time of Theodore Roosevelt and the busting of the Trusts. Speaks quite a ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - JaneSteen - LibraryThing

Where I got the book: purchased used on Amazon. The Robber Barons was written in 1934, but there’s not much that seems dated about this enjoyable popular history. I bought it to get a better idea of ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

THE NATIONAL CHARACTER
3
H WHAT THE YOUNG MEN DREAM
32
OF EMPIREBUILDERS
50
THE WINNING OF THE WEST
75
TWO CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY
100
THE FIGHT FOR ERIE
121
GRANDEURS AND MISERIES OF EMPIREBUILDING
149
RISING FROM THE RUINS
177
K MEPHISTOPHELES
192
CAESAR BORGIA IN CALIFORNIA
216
THE GREAT TRUSTS
375
XVD THE EMPIRE OF MORGAN
404
BATTLE OF GIANTS
424
BIBLIOGRAPHY
455
INDEX
461
Urheberrecht

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Über den Autor (1962)

Matthew Josephson (1899-1978) received a Guggenheim fellowship and was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He is the author of, among other books, Al Smith: Hero of the Cities, winner of the Van Wyck Brooks prize for biography and history.

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