Six Tycoons
the lives of John Jacob Astor, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford and Joseph P. Kennedy

By Wyn Derbyshire

Six Tycoons
Hardback, 251 pages
Published: 1st October 2008
ISBN: 9781904905844
Format: 218mm x 148mm

Published: 23rd November 2009
ISBN: 9781904905851

Electronic book text
Published: 28th May 2010
ISBN: 9781907444364
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Category: History & Biography

John D Rockefeller. Cornelius Vanderbilt. Andrew Carnegie. John Jacob Astor. Henry Ford. Joseph P Kennedy.Even today, long after their deaths, the names of these six men continue to be associated with wealth and power.When they were alive, they dominated their worlds as fewmen had done before, and few have done since. These arethe life stories of six of the richest men who ever livedin America. Their lives offer us windows into ways oflife over two centuries that most of us can only imagine,and an opportunity to glimpse times when laws, attitudes,prejudices and opportunities were very different fromtoday. Their achievements - financial, political and social - continue to affect us, for good or ill, to thisday. Their mistakes still offer important lessons about the acquisition, use and abuse of wealth and power. And had they not lived, the history of America - and the world - might have been very different indeed.


About the author. v 

Contents. vii

List of illustrations. ix

Introduction.. 1

John Jacob AStor.. 7

From Walldorf to New York. 7

The Fur Trade. 9

Astoria. 14

Manhattan Landlord. 21

Cornelius Vanderbilt.. 29

New York Harbour. 29

Gibbons v Ogden. 32

Uncle Daniel 35

To The Pacific. 39

Railroads and Corners. 41

The Erie Railroad Wars. 47

Andrew Carnegie.. 61

The Bobbin Boy. 61

Telegraphs and Railroads. 66

The Budding Capitalist 70

The Civil War and After. 73

The Panic of 1873. 82

The Industrialist 88

The Homestead Strike and its Aftermath. 96

Carnegie Steel 100

Skibo Castle and the Gospel of Wealth. 102

The Departure of Frick. 105

The Years of Philanthropy. 109

The Advocate of Peace. 113

The First World War and After. 115

John D Rockefeller.. 119

The Young Rockefeller. 119

The Oil Regions. 124

Henry Flagler and the Creation of Standard Oil 128

The Dissolution of Standard Oil 141

Rockefeller’s Philanthropies. 144

Henry Ford.. 151

The Young Mechanic. 151

The First Cars. 157

The Ford Motor Company and the Model T.. 161

The Peace Ship and the War. 173

The Dearborn Independent 181

Evangeline. 185

Changes. 186

The Last Years. 196

Joseph P Kennedy.. 203

Early Days in Boston. 203

Marriage and Money. 207

Wall Street and the New Deal 212

Ambassador to the Court of St James. 217

The War Years. 222

Politics and Tragedies. 231

Select Bibliography.. 239


Index.. 241

Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 251 pages
ISBN: 9781904905844
Format: 218mm x 148mm

Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 9781904905851

Binding: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9781907444364

Imprint: Spiramus Press

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