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Author Doran, Peter B., author.

Title Breaking Rockefeller : the incredible story of the ambitious rivals who toppled an oil empire / Peter B. Doran.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Viking, [2016]


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Description xii, 337 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-322) and index.
Contents The King of Broadway -- The merchant of Houndsditch -- The insider -- Rascality of all descriptions -- It can't be done -- The carnivorous snail -- The royal crown -- The hidden map -- The knight in the mote -- The deal of the century -- The rivals -- The echo of applause -- Reversals of fortune -- The black city in red -- The warhorse and the stallion -- The "fateful plunge" -- The Colossus falls -- "We must take America" -- Wealth beyond measure -- Legacies -- The enduring puzzle.
Summary At the height of the great oil boom of the 1870s-1880s, John D. Rockefeller was seemingly unstoppable. Capitalizing on the newly emerging industry that was changing the lives of people worldwide, Rockefeller eliminated his rivals to achieve near-total domination of the market. By 1889, he was at the peak of his power, having created one of the largest monopolies in history, so powerful that even the U.S. government was wary of challenging the great "anaconda" of Standard Oil. The Standard never loses--that is, until the unlikely duo of Marcus Samuel and Henri Deterding teamed up to form Royal Dutch Shell, and set the stage for the toppling of Standard Oil. This account of ambition, oil, and greed traces Samuel's rise from canny outsider to the heights of the British aristocracy, Deterding's conquest of America, and the collapse of Rockefeller's oil empire. Taking readers through the rough and tumble of East London's streets and the twilight turmoil of tsarist Russia to the halls of the British Parliament and right down New York's Broadway, international affairs expert Peter Doran offers a fresh perspective on how Samuel and Deterding beat the world's richest man at his own game.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Subject Petroleum industry and trade -- History.
Samuel, Marcus, 1853-1927.
Deterding, Henri, 1866-1939.
Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937.
Koninklijke Nederlandsche Petroleum Maatschappij -- History.
Standard Oil Company -- History.
ISBN 9780525427391 (hardcover)
0525427392 (hardcover)

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