The Tycoons

How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy

Charles R. Morris

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“Makes a reader feel like a time traveler plopped down among men who were by turns vicious and visionary.”—The Christian Science Monitor

The modern American economy was the creation of four men: Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan. They were the giants of the Gilded Age, a moment of riotous growth that established America as the richest, most inventive, and most productive country on the planet.

Acclaimed author Charles R. Morris vividly brings the men and their times to life. The ruthlessly competitive Carnegie, the imperial Rockefeller, and the provocateur Gould were obsessed with progress, experiment, and speed. They were balanced by Morgan, the gentleman businessman, who fought, instead, for a global trust in American business. Through their antagonism and their verve, they built an industrial behemoth—and a country of middle-class consumers. The Tycoons tells the incredible story of how these four determined men wrenched the economy into the modern age, inventing a nation of full economic participation that could not have been imagined only a few decades earlier.

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Chapter One
Prelude
 
Abraham Lincoln was pronounced dead shortly after seven o’clock on a rain-soaked Holy Saturday morning, April 15, 1865. It was less than a week after Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. The little group of officials and family gathered around the blood-soaked bed in Will Peterson’s boardinghouse across from Ford’s Theater stood silently for several minutes. Then Mary Lincoln’s pastor, Phineas Gurley, said a short prayer, and a detachment of soldiers was summoned into the room.

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“Morris skillfully assembles a great deal of academic and anecdotal research . . . Impressive.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Superb . . . Gracefully and eloquently clarifies these men’s frequently misunderstood roles in the shaping of modern U.S. commerce.”—The Providence Journal

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Charles R. Morris

Charles R. Morris is the author of eight previous books, including American Catholic and Money, Greed, and Risk. He is a lawyer and former banker, and was most recently president of a financial services software company.  A regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, he has also written for The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic Monthly. He lives in New York City.

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The Tycoons
How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy
Charles R. Morris

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
October 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805081343
ISBN10: 0805081348
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages, Includes thirty-five black-and-white photographs
$20.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
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October 2006
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ISBN: 9781429935029
ISBN10: 1429935022
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages, Includes thirty-five black-and-white photographs
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