The Age Of The Moguls

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Overview

Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Rockefeller, Ford, Drew, Fisk, Harriman, Du Pont, Morgan, Mellon, Insull, Gould, Frick, Schwab, Swift, Guggenheim, Hearst- these are only a few of the foundation giants that have changed the face of America. They gave living reality to that great golden legend-The American Dream. Most were self-made in the Horatio Alger tradition. Those whose beginnings were blessed with wealth parlayed their inheritances many times through the same methods as their rags-to-riches compatriots: shrewdness, ruthlessness, determination, or a combination of all three.

The Age of the Moguls is not overly concerned with the comparative business ethics of these men of money. The best of them made "deals," purchased immunity, and did other things which in 1860, 1880, or even 1900, were considered no more than "smart" by their fellow Americans, but which today would give pause to the most conscientiously dishonest promoter. Holbrook does not pass judgments on matters that have baffled moralists, economists, and historians. He is less concerned with how these men achieved their fortune as much as how they disbursed the funds.

Stewart Holbrook has written a brilliant and wholly captivating study of the days when America's great fortunes were built; when futures were unlimited; when tycoons trampled across the land. Few writers today could range backwards and forwards in American history through the last century and a half, and could take their readers to a dozen different sections of the country, or combine the lives of over fifty famous men in such a way as to produce a continuous and exciting narrative of sponsored growth. Leslie Lenkowsky's new introduction adds dimension to this classic study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412810821
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stewart H. Holbrook (1893-1964) was an historical, humorous social critic and famed journalist. He is the author of numerous articles and books. Some of his books include The Columbia River, The Wonderful West, and Dreamers of the American Dream.

Leslie Lenkowsky is professor of public affairs and philanthropic studies and director for The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. His writings have appeared in Commentary, The Weekly Standard, and The Wall Street Journal among others.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE TRANSACTION EDITION

FOREWORD

PART ONE: THE ERA OF BRASS KNUCKLES

Chapter 1 NOON

Chapter 2 PRIMITIVES

Chapter 3 BOLD NEW TALENTS

Chapter 4 THE WARS OF THE TROGLODYTES

Chapter 5 HE WAS ALWAYS KIND TO THE POOR

Chapter 6 WRECKAGE

PART TWO:RISE OF THE COLOSSI

Chapter 1 ROCKEFELLER I

Chapter 2 CARNEGIE

Chapter 3 THE FIRST HARASSMENTS

Chapter 4 RULERS OF CHICAGO

Chapter 5 MONARCHS OF THE FAR WEST

PART THREE: THE ERA OF FRENZIED FINANCE

Chapter I STANDARD OIL IN FULL FLOWER

Chapter 2 THE STEEL TRUST

Chapter 3 THB COPPER-PLATED KINGS

Chapter 4 TOM LAWSON AND THE SYSTEM

PART FOUR: NEW GIANTS APPEAR

Chapter 1 THB RISE OF CHARLIE SCHWAB

Chapter 2 THE LAST RAILROAD WAR

Chapter 3 HENRY FORD'S NEW BRA

Chapter 4 MR. MELLON

Chapter 5 lNSULL THB FALSE MIDAS

PART FIVE: DYNASTIC SUCCESSION

Chapter 1 THE DU PONTS

Chapter 2 THB GUGGBNHBIMS

Chapter 3 THE LAST MOGUL

PART SIX: WHAT THEY DID WITH IT

Chapter 1 ELEGANCES AND BEQUESTS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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