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John D. Rockefeller * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. John D. Rockefeller, the wealthiest man of all time, amassed a fortune as he led the Standard Oil Company to an unprecedented position of power in the industrial markets. In addition to being a successful busin John D. Rockefeller * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. John D. Rockefeller, the wealthiest man of all time, amassed a fortune as he led the Standard Oil Company to an unprecedented position of power in the industrial markets. In addition to being a successful businessman, he was also a generous philanthropist. But somewhere between the money he earned and the money he gave away lies a mystery that remains unsolved. How could someone so generous have been so hated in his time? How could someone so successful have been so despised by the public, the press, and the government? Was Rockefeller a villain or a hero? The truth is that he was both. Inside you will read about... ✓ The Son of Devil Bill and a Baptist Woman ✓ Rockefeller Finds Black Gold ✓ Standard Oil Company ✓ The Only Game in Town ✓ Give as Much as You Can ✓ Life and Legacy And much more! In an era which saw American businessmen accrue unprecedented power and wealth by means of practices that would later be judged illegal by the Supreme Court, Rockefeller saw his opportunities as both a gift from God and a responsibility to the public, with a dash of Darwinian survival tactics thrown in for good measure. Today’s captains of industry may not use the same techniques that Rockefeller employed, but in many ways, the bold entrepreneurs who dominate the stock market and the headlines are apprentices to his ruthless genius.


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John D. Rockefeller * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. John D. Rockefeller, the wealthiest man of all time, amassed a fortune as he led the Standard Oil Company to an unprecedented position of power in the industrial markets. In addition to being a successful busin John D. Rockefeller * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. John D. Rockefeller, the wealthiest man of all time, amassed a fortune as he led the Standard Oil Company to an unprecedented position of power in the industrial markets. In addition to being a successful businessman, he was also a generous philanthropist. But somewhere between the money he earned and the money he gave away lies a mystery that remains unsolved. How could someone so generous have been so hated in his time? How could someone so successful have been so despised by the public, the press, and the government? Was Rockefeller a villain or a hero? The truth is that he was both. Inside you will read about... ✓ The Son of Devil Bill and a Baptist Woman ✓ Rockefeller Finds Black Gold ✓ Standard Oil Company ✓ The Only Game in Town ✓ Give as Much as You Can ✓ Life and Legacy And much more! In an era which saw American businessmen accrue unprecedented power and wealth by means of practices that would later be judged illegal by the Supreme Court, Rockefeller saw his opportunities as both a gift from God and a responsibility to the public, with a dash of Darwinian survival tactics thrown in for good measure. Today’s captains of industry may not use the same techniques that Rockefeller employed, but in many ways, the bold entrepreneurs who dominate the stock market and the headlines are apprentices to his ruthless genius.

30 review for John D. Rockefeller: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    John Davison Rockefeller was both the essence and epitome of the “self-made man.” The vicissitudes of his early life proved of little hindrance to his later business successes. John was born on July 8, 1839, in Richford, New York, and was brought up under a strong maternal influence of his mother, Eliza (Davison); from his father, William, he thankfully retained nothing but the family name. John’s mother had a strong and marked influence on his religious (Baptist) upbringing and beliefs. She als John Davison Rockefeller was both the essence and epitome of the “self-made man.” The vicissitudes of his early life proved of little hindrance to his later business successes. John was born on July 8, 1839, in Richford, New York, and was brought up under a strong maternal influence of his mother, Eliza (Davison); from his father, William, he thankfully retained nothing but the family name. John’s mother had a strong and marked influence on his religious (Baptist) upbringing and beliefs. She also had an influence on the ethical (rather than the fiduciary) side of the business. As to be expected, Rockefeller’s business aspirations started small but soon grew like the proverbial “runaway snowball.” He was an abolitionist but opted not to serve in the armed forces like his brother, Frank, and instead paid for another to take his place, a common practice of the time. He continued to prosper in business during the war but after the war, the United States and indeed the world had drastically changed. Rockefeller was now in his element and the thrived in this new world of commerce and trade. Rockefeller can’t be accredited with the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania, nor can he take the laurels for first drilling for the “black gold.” What he can take credit for is seeing the value in refining it into any number of usable products and byproducts. Together with Maurice Clark and Samuel Andrews, Rockefeller built a refinery in Ohio to process the vast quantity of oil being pumped from the earth. This company went through several mutations before finally taking on the name Standard Oil Company. People can both love and admire John D. Rockefeller or they can despise and condemn his ruthless avaricious business practices. The truth, as is generally the case, lies somewhere in the middle. This short biography lights on certain motivating aspects of his life and business. It also enunciates his philanthropic works of later life. This book answers a few questions but poses many more. It is up to the reader to delve deeper into this man’s life and accomplishments to glean a true picture of John D. Rockefeller, and once the richest man on earth.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sanket Sheth

    This book gives a view into the life of the first few industrialists of the modern world - John D. Rockefeller. His personality was very contradictory. On one hand, he was very benevolent towards the poor and the destitute, he was ruthless when it came to his rivals and competitors. If he had his way, he would bury them underground without an iota of remorse. He strongly believed in charity. Even during his worse times, he never failed to donate, perhaps a habit developed at young age at the ins This book gives a view into the life of the first few industrialists of the modern world - John D. Rockefeller. His personality was very contradictory. On one hand, he was very benevolent towards the poor and the destitute, he was ruthless when it came to his rivals and competitors. If he had his way, he would bury them underground without an iota of remorse. He strongly believed in charity. Even during his worse times, he never failed to donate, perhaps a habit developed at young age at the insistence of his mother. It also describes how the oil was first discovered in the USA and how John was at the right place and at the right time to leverage it to his own advantage. People complain of long books but here I would complain that the book has failed to give a detailed account of his life, his business dealings. It has briefly touched upon various phases of his life. It just helps us know about his life, not able to derive any lessons out of it, which is the main purpose of reading a book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John McCuen

    An Incredible Disappointment As someone who reads histories, including biographies, to learn more about the shape of today's world and how it came to be, I was looking forward to reading about John D. Rockefeller, one of the "movers and shakers" of the era. What I got was, essentially, an essay that might have been acceptable in a ninth-grade history class, but not as item for sale. Fortunately for me, I read this as a Kindle Unlimited selection. If you are a KU reader, don't waste your time wit An Incredible Disappointment As someone who reads histories, including biographies, to learn more about the shape of today's world and how it came to be, I was looking forward to reading about John D. Rockefeller, one of the "movers and shakers" of the era. What I got was, essentially, an essay that might have been acceptable in a ninth-grade history class, but not as item for sale. Fortunately for me, I read this as a Kindle Unlimited selection. If you are a KU reader, don't waste your time with this so-called history. If you are not a KU reader, don't waste your time or your money.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    After reading over 100 of these studies of various famous (and infamous) historical figures, I have to say that this book offers the best balance of information.  We learn about Rockefeller's beginnings, his personal life, his business life, what his belief-system was, how he changed America, touched on his children and their lives, his philanthropy, and then the end of Rockefeller's life.  It's all there in less than 50 pages.  When I finished reading this, I felt I really knew what made John D After reading over 100 of these studies of various famous (and infamous) historical figures, I have to say that this book offers the best balance of information.  We learn about Rockefeller's beginnings, his personal life, his business life, what his belief-system was, how he changed America, touched on his children and their lives, his philanthropy, and then the end of Rockefeller's life.  It's all there in less than 50 pages.  When I finished reading this, I felt I really knew what made John D. Rockefeller tick.  Thank you, Hourly History.

  5. 5 out of 5

    M.K. Davis

    I am reading Empire Summer Moon at the same time reading Rockefeller. Both occur at . about the same time period . Hard to justify the treatment of the native Americans. If not for men like Rockefeller would America reached the clinical of the industrial revelution, but was it nessasary to about eliminate the American indian? Do the Rockefeller family still own property in Ormond Beach? Is there a museum in the location?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Terri Gostola

    I learned a lot about John D. Rockefeller, Standard Oil, his parents, and his wife in the short biography. It found it quite fascinating that he was a ruthless business man and yet an extremely generous philanthropist. I think it could be argued that he did much good by the end of his life. This book is worth the read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Yanwen

    Enjoy reading this short piece You can learn a lot about the gilded age, the time in which Rockefeller lived. By the way, this book didn’t mention the vast amount of charity work that Rockefeller did in China.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anirudh Gadhavi

    Short but detailed and with enough content. Short but covers everything,almost. Thumbs up. It was detailed enough from the author to include most of the important points from his life.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mihir Parekh

    Good book Great insights into Mr. Rockerfeller's life ...his contribution to the American society. Book also gives sense of how laws were getting evolved as economy was sifting towards manufacturing Good book Great insights into Mr. Rockerfeller's life ...his contribution to the American society. Book also gives sense of how laws were getting evolved as economy was sifting towards manufacturing

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Parker

    Avaricious and generous It seems that we are living in a second gilded age and Amazon is the new Standard Oil. It was new and interesting that they were abolitionists and donated to Afro American churches and colleges.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Regina Bourland

    Great series This was the 7th book I’ve read in this series. I’ve good them all to be good reads. Looking forward to choosing my next one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    George Polansky

    A thoughtful review of John D. Rockefeller's life and works. A thoughtful review of John D. Rockefeller's life and works.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Pugh

    Great read Nice one by hourly history to give you a look into the life of the great Standard Oil creator Rockefeller

  14. 5 out of 5

    David W.

    John D. Nice concise review of both the man and the era of the “Robber Barons”. An easy read - really appreciated!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Too much info; too little What info was there was interesting, but just too much to know about JD Rockefeller for such a short overview. I found it a bit confusing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Philip Sealy

    Rockefeller Overall book was very informative....found out that Rockefeller was a very generous person which I didn't know before and his kids were all very educated. Rockefeller Overall book was very informative....found out that Rockefeller was a very generous person which I didn't know before and his kids were all very educated.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Patitz

    A whole new side to the story. All the detail of his faith and frugal habits that before where not evident to me but the author showed a whole new sign of what was previously a tyrant and beast. His giving to the African Americans was somehow hidden from any previous disclosure. His family being taught to earn their keep and his unbendable Baptist faith were his trademarks.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Star Gater

    Amazed at what he saw in his life. In 98 years, he developed oil, kerosene businesses and lived through the invention of the light bulb. That was a huge moment for me. Clearly I take the light bulb for granted. This goes on to discuss his business practices, that reads more like the teacher in Charlie Brown ... Blah, blah, blah. Ethical vs Unethical behaviors. I like the human aspect of his life. His education, church, family, and his work ethic.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rapheal Jumbo

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mark Thomas

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jovany Agathe

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marcell Mazzoni

  23. 4 out of 5

    phani

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alan J. Slezewick

  25. 4 out of 5

    Molly Beaty

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melvin Music

  27. 5 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Toward

  29. 4 out of 5

    Catlin McHugh

  30. 5 out of 5

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