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The Tycoons

How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy
Narrated by: William Hughes
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
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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 these 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 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.

©2005 Charles R. Morris (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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A great history of the people and the period.

I was pleasantly surprised by this.
Yes, it gives a great deal of information about the main characters in the title; however, it also delves deeply into many other innovators and industrialists of the time; along with a great deal of historical background and context.

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interesting overview

good introduction both to four American icons of industry and of American industrialisation itself. Provides useful context and basic facts. makes me want to find out more about each!

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  • Hectoris
  • 06-10-16

Good book wrong title

if you want a biography of the titles characters forget it, if you want an inciteful account if American rail and steel industry in the late 1800's it's good, really it needs a title that reflects it's contentt

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  • Eric Stephens
  • 03-09-15

Not (much) about the tycoons....

This book is more about the railroad and steel industries and the economy in general. Large sections of the book wander from topic to topic with little (if anything) to do with the four tycoons.

As for the narrative style, you'll find a handful of triple word score options for your next Scrabble game on every page. The author does his best to show his mastery of a thesaurus.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-18

The title is misleading

I wanted to learn about The tycoons As but this book was about 15% tycoons and 85% about other industry both before and after their time

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  • Patrick C. Clayton
  • 29-08-15

This book is bad!

I wanted to learn about these giants of industry. This book did not do it but I finished it and was one of the worst books I ever listened to.

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  • Eric
  • 26-12-19

Well written & Narrated

The author has woven together a fascinating mix of history & business; providing a compelling tale of several of America's first large business tycoons. The narrator holds your attention and makes it easy & comfortable to listen to the story.

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  • Scott
  • 09-10-18

Excellent plunge into the era of giants of capital

I have read a number of reviews that suggested this book is dry and too choked with the inner workings of large industrial firms. Well, hey, folks, it's not a Tom Clancy novel. But given the topic of how the Industrial Revolution was harnessed and used to create the dynamic American economy we still enjoy, I found the writing to be engaging and quite effective in moving the narrative along. Sure, there is detail about production numbers and how steel chemistry evolved, but the specifics did not get in the way of the great sweep of events that is described. The vignettes of the Carnegie, Rockeller, Jay Gould, and JP Morgan were fascinating and most enlightening. I learned a great deal and enjoyed the trip. Well worth the read.

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  • GeorgiLovesJesus
  • 18-09-17

In my opinion...

This book is well performed with a very compelling story, but gets very tedious at times.

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  • Justin Miller
  • 13-05-20

Disappointed

The title and cover in my opinion give a different idea about what the story or book is about. I was more interested in hearing about the tycoons. It was interesting enough but not what I was hoping for. The House is Morgan, Rockefeller and Carnegie biographies were much more interesting. At times some of what I heard contradicted the other books that appeared to be more in-depth and factual reviews. I liked it ok

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-20

Disappointment

Writer seemed to of forgot the tile of his book. I learned little about the four tycoons that compelled me to purchase this audio-book and what I did was not well articulated. I have a hard time not finishing a book but this one made me question my policy.

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  • Masonic Banker
  • 17-12-19

Great book

We all hear about the Titans, but this book gets you to meet the middle men if you will, that helped build modern day business.