|# of Units:||30 CDs|
|Length:||16 hours, 39 minutes|
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This is a very good book. My view of Rockefeller changed as a result of the book. His brutal business methods are well known but Chernow demonstrates it was a “survival of the fittest” era in a brand new industry. John D.’s Christian personal life was a surprise to me and his remarkable financial contributions to medical research and higher education—especially to new black colleges—have been unmatched. He gave birth to The University of Chicago from scratch! This book and Chernow’s book Washington are two of the best biographies I have read!
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen.
Chernow fan since first reading Washington. Then read Hamilton and found it not quite as exceptional but that may just be because Hamilton was not as exceptional as Washington? Titan is unparalleled. Reading it now and understanding the pain and abuse Rockefeller and his family suffered at the hands of the press PLUS seeing the underhanded money grabbing nature of the press makes me much more sympathetic to cries about #fakenews by President Trump and others. Rockefeller is presented as complex, strong minded, and very much a human being. Chernow succeeded in presenting a full throated, multi-dimensional Washington. He has done the same with Rockefeller.
This is an extremely well-researched biography of a man who shunned reporters for most of his life. It's a great "read."
Ron Chernow's first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award and the Ambassador Award for the year's best study of American culture. His second book, The Warburgs, won the Eccles Prize as the Best Business Book of 1993 and was also selected by the American Library Association as one of that year's best nonfiction books. In reviewing his recent collection of essays, The Death of the Banker, The New York Times called the author "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades and chose the paperback original as one of the year's Notable Books.