By Charles R. Morris
"Makes a reader think like a time traveller plopped down between males who have been by way of turns vicious and visionary."―The Christian technological know-how Monitor
The glossy American financial system was once the production of 4 males: Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan. They have been the giants of the Gilded Age, a second of riotous progress that demonstrated the USA because the richest, such a lot artistic, and best state on this planet.
Acclaimed writer Charles R. Morris vividly brings the boys and their occasions to existence. The ruthlessly aggressive Carnegie, the imperial Rockefeller, and the provocateur Gould have been keen about growth, scan, and pace. They have been balanced through Morgan, the gentleman businessman, who fought, in its place, for an international belief in American company. via their antagonism and their verve, they outfitted an business behemoth―and a rustic of middle-class shoppers. The Tycoons tells the tremendous tale of the way those 4 decided males wrenched the financial system into the fashionable age, inventing a kingdom of complete financial participation which may now not were imagined just a couple of a long time earlier.
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