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

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

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  • Peter B Doran
  • Penguin Books
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  • 9780143130000
  • 8.4 X 5.5 X 0.7 inches
  • 0.6 pounds
  • History > United States - 20th Century
  • English
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The incredible tale of how ambitious oil rivals Marcus Samuel, Jr. and Henri Deterding joined forces to topple the Standard Oil empire

Marcus Samuel, Jr., is an unorthodox Jewish merchant trader. Henri Deterding is a take-no-prisoners oilman. In 1889, John D. Rockefeller is at the peak of his power. Having annihilated all competition and possessing near-total domination of the market, even the U.S. government is wary of challenging the great anaconda of Standard Oil. The Standard never loses--that is until Samuel and Deterding team up to form Royal Dutch Shell.

A riveting account of ambition, oil, and greed, Breaking Rockefeller traces Samuel's rise from outsider to the heights of the British aristocracy, Deterding's conquest of America, and the collapse of Rockefeller's monopoly. The beginning of the twentieth century is a time when vast fortunes were made and lost. Taking readers through the rough and tumble of East London's streets, the twilight turmoil of czarist Russia, to the halls of the British Parliament, and right down Broadway in New York City, Peter Doran offers a richly detailed, fresh perspective on how Samuel and Deterding beat the world's richest man at his own game.

Gripping . . . timely . . . a vivid reminder of the dangers of monopolies, and of the merits of no-holds barred competition and technological upheaval. --The Economist

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

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Peter B. Doran is President & CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Doran is a recognized expert on Russia, Ukraine and transatlantic relations. He has testified before Congress on topics related to geopolitics and security, as well as state sponsored disinformation. He contributes articles for Time, Foreign Policy, Defense News, the National Review, and the American Spectator. His commentary and analysis is featured in U.S. and European broadcast and print media, including Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek.

He is the author of Breaking Rockefeller, published by Penguin. Previously, Doran served as a Foreign Affairs Fellow in the U.S. Congress and as a George C. Marshall Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He holds a master's degree from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies. He received undergraduate degrees from Arizona State University's Barrett Honors College in History and Russian language.

 

Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

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