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The History of the Standard Oil Company, Vol. I (in Two Volumes)

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In this era of financial crisis compounded, and even perhaps enabled, by a dearth of investigative reporting, it is valuable to go back in time to learn from the work of great journalists with the courage to have taken on avaricious corporations and irresponsible business practices. "Perhaps no book demands our attention and respect as much as the one now in your hands. Th ...more
Hardcover, 462 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1904)
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Jamie from The Doer Co
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just finished this as a Librivox audioboook. If you're interested at all in the history of the Rockefellers, Flaglers, or Vanderbilts this is an interesting read. The writing style is very approachable even though the book was written decades ago.
Carol Spears
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty interesting stuff. I was aware of the existence of this book and then became very curious to read it after reading Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged which was a celebration of the ideal American Industrialist.

So, anyways, Ahhh, the power of a two party system (be it socialism or captialism), the parties being "those who have a lot and those who don't have as much or any".
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Still can't get a handle on John D. (getting ready to start my third book on him). Quite the paradoxical enigma. This book gets a little tedious in places. Overall, very informative and easy to read.
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Ida Minerva Tarbell was an American teacher, author and journalist. She was known as one of the leading "muckrakers" of the progressive era, work known in modern times as "investigative journalism". She wrote many notable magazine series and biographies. She is best-known for her 1904 book The History of the Standard Oil Company, which was listed as No. 5 in a 1999 list by the New York Times of th ...more

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