Ida Tarbell: Pioneer Investigative Reporterby Barbara A. Somervill
Ida Tarbell was born in the Oil Region of western Pennsylvania in 1857, where her father was one of many trying to make his fortune in the new and booming oil business. After a brief period of success, Ida watched as her father and their neighbors struggled against John D. Rockefeller, the leader of the Standard Oil Company, who wanted to consolidate the oil business. When she grew up and left Pennsylvania, Ida became a journalist and writer, publishing successful biographies of Napoleon and Abraham Lincoin. Her most famous work, however, was a popular attack on Rockefeller and Standard Oil that was instrumental in turning public opinion against the giant trust. One of the first investigative journalists, Ida was the most famous of the so-called "muckrakers." Young readers interested in the history of journalism will find Ida Tarbell: Pioneer Investigative Reporter to be both an enjoyable and informative book.
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