Book ID: CBB536924553

Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire (2016)


Doran, Peter B. (Author)


Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: viii+334; bibliography, notes, photographs, index
Language: English

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. (Worldcat)

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Review Stanley Buder (Spring 2018) Review of "Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire". Business History Review (pp. 213-215). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Davis, Joshua Clark
Brown, John K.
Jenny Andersson
Spencer, Jeff A.
Foroohar, Rana
Spadavecchia, Anna
Business History Review
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Oil-Industry History
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Railroad History
Liveright Publishing Corporation A Division of W.W. Norton and Company
Columbia University Press
Crown Business
Wayne State University Press
Campus Verlag
University of Illinois Press
Business history
Business enterprises
Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship
Business and Politics
Petroleum industry
Public policy
Beech, Olive Ann
Lewis, Tillie
Rudkin, Margaret
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, late
United States
Koninklijke Nederlandsche Petroleum Maatschappij (Royal Dutch-Shell - firm)
William Sellers
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
Hobby Lobby (Firm)
McDonald's Corporation

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