Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire

Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire

by Peter B. Doran


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Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire by Peter B. Doran

The incredible tale of how ambitious oil rivals Marcus Samuel, Jr. and Henri Deterding joined forces to topple the Standard Oil empire
Marcus Samuel, Jr., is an unorthodox Jewish merchant trader. Henri Deterding is a take-no-prisoners oilman. In 1889, John D. Rockefeller is at the peak of his power. Having annihilated all competition and possessing near-total domination of the market, even the U.S. government is wary of challenging the great “anaconda” of Standard Oil. The Standard never loses—that is until Samuel and Deterding team up to form Royal Dutch Shell.
A riveting account of ambition, oil, and greed, Breaking Rockefeller traces Samuel’s rise from outsider to the heights of the British aristocracy, Deterding’s conquest of America, and the collapse of Rockefeller’s monopoly. The beginning of the twentieth century is a time when vast fortunes were made and lost. Taking readers through the rough and tumble of East London’s streets, the twilight turmoil of czarist Russia, to the halls of the British Parliament, and right down Broadway in New York City, Peter Doran offers a richly detailed, fresh perspective on how Samuel and Deterding beat the world’s richest man at his own game.

“Gripping . . . timely . . . a vivid reminder of the dangers of monopolies, and of the merits of no-holds barred competition and technological upheaval.” —The Economist 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143130000
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 248,084
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peter B. Doran is vice president for research at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington, D.C., where he leads the center’s energy horizons and defense programs. He is the author of the popular “History of Oil” podcast on iTunes. A recognized expert on international affairs and national security, his articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, Defense News, National ReviewThe American Spectator, and the Journal of Energy Security. His analysis and commentary are regularly featured in U.S. and European media, such as Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. He holds a master's degree from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies.  

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 The King of Broadway 1

Chapter 2 The Merchant of Houndsditch 21

Chapter 3 The Insider 40

Chapter 4 Rascality of All Descriptions 57

Chapter 5 It Can't Be Done 71

Chapter 6 The Carnivorous Snail 80

Chapter 7 The Royal Crown 97

Chapter 8 The Hidden Map 114

Chapter 9 The Knight in the Mote 129

Chapter 10 The Deal of the Century 136

Chapter 11 The Rivals 155

Chapter 12 The Echo of Applause 166

Chapter 13 Reversals of Fortune 177

Chapter 14 The Black City in Red 191

Chapter 15 The Warhorse and the Stallion 202

Chapter 16 The "Fateful Plunge" 209

Chapter 17 The Colossus Falls 226

Chapter 18 "We Must Take America" 241

Chapter 19 Wealth Beyond Measure 254

Chapter 20 Legacies 263

Chapter 21 The Enduring Puzzle 272

Acknowledgements 286

Notes 289

Bibliography 308

Index 320

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