Taking on the Trust

Taking on the Trust

The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller

Book - 2008
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Hailed by critics on its release, this fascinating dual biography looks at two extraordinary lives and the social history of the Progressive Era. Taking on the Trust is a grand achievement by a skilled scholar and proud defender of the ever-necessary act of political journalism.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393335514
Branch Call Number: 070.92 TARBELL
Characteristics: xv, 304 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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Apr 15, 2015

Miss Tarbell's attack on the Standard Oil trust constitutes only about 20% of the book. It is mostly about her life before and after.
While Tarbell vilified John D. Rockefeller, and held herself out as a pacifist, she glorified Lincoln. Yet, for all his business misconduct, Rockefeller dealt in a legitimate product. And unlike Lincoln, he did not launch a ruthless war of destruction against his own countrymen in which 600,000 Americans died.

Sep 06, 2013

An excellent book, yet sadly a deeply, deeply flawed book. Were one to read John Moody's "The Masters of Capital" and to seek out the various independent forensic auditors and forensic accountants who have examined the so-called breakup of Standard, the reader would know this was all a clever sham, albeit a public one! By creating holding companies and shifting stock ownership to those holding companies, then establishing the Rockefeller Foundation in 1913, followed by a network of similar foundations, and shifting the ownership or title of those holding companies over to the foundations, Standard Oil was never actually broken up, only on paper, as far as the court was concerned. (Complementary books to read along with this are Ferdinand Lundberg's "The Rich and the Super-Rich" and Richard DeSocio's "Rockefellerocracy" along with Inderjeet Parmar's "Foundations of the American Century" and Congressman Wright Patman's brilliant congressional report on foundations and trusts, circa 1960s.)


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