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Titan: The Life of John Rockefeller, Sr.
« on: October 09, 2013, 05:14:45 AM »
Titan: The Life of John Rockefeller, Sr.

Finally, it is out on audiobook (unabridged) at audible.com.

Not to be missed! :)

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Re: Titan: The Life of John Rockefeller, Sr.
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2013, 05:34:30 AM »
Have the audio-book already ;D Have read about half of the book but bought the audio-book too :D
The only problem is I have been a slug in reading or listening to books lately I hope my reading/listening genie will come back soon.

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Re: Titan: The Life of John Rockefeller, Sr.
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2013, 06:41:25 AM »
For those interested in the large tycoons of those das (Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Rockefeller, Morgan) a documentary I advise you to watch is "The men who built America", it's a little bit "americanised" but very informational nonetheless.
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Re: Titan: The Life of John Rockefeller, Sr.
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2013, 08:07:23 PM »
This book is fantastic!

Chernow is brilliant, his books on the Warburgs and JPM are great reads as well, especially if you are interested in the politics, finance and sentiment of the inter-war period and the transition of power from London to New York.

Titan is my pick of the bunch though.

His portrayal of Rockefeller's contrasting conservative christian private life and his working life as a peerless ruthless corporate predator who forced a re-writing of the rulebook is awesome.

 

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Re: Titan: The Life of John Rockefeller, Sr.
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2013, 04:40:36 AM »
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He always possessed an unusual, self-protective capacity to suppress unpleasant memories and keep alive those things that fortified his resolve.

Critical, most important skill, that can and should be developed by anyone! :)

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Re: Titan: The Life of John Rockefeller, Sr.
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2013, 12:31:46 AM »
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He also had his mother’s slow metabolism and ability to bear a large burden for long periods in an unruffled way. Many neighbors testified that unflappable Eliza never lost her temper, never raised her voice, never scolded anyone – a style of understated authority that John inherited. … Eliza trained her children to reflect coolly before making decisions; her frequent admonition “We will let it simmer” was a saying John employed throughout his business career.


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Re: Titan: The Life of John Rockefeller, Sr.
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2013, 03:47:24 AM »
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“As I began my life as a bookkeeper, I learned to have great respect for figures and facts, no matter how small they were. … I had a passion for detail which afterward I was forced to strive to modify.”
Business historians and sociologists have stressed the centrality of accounting to capitalist enterprise. … It thus seems fitting that John D. Rockefeller, the archetypal capitalist, betrayed a special affinity for accounting and an almost mystic faith in numbers. For Rockefeller, ledgers were sacred books that guided decisions and saved one from fallible emotion. They gauged performance, exposed fraud, and ferreted out hidden inefficiencies.

Paraphrasing Mr. Buffett, accounting is the language of business.

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Re: Titan: The Life of John Rockefeller, Sr.
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2013, 07:12:03 AM »
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This lusting after money is the more striking in a phlegmatic young man who claimed never to struggle with disruptive impulses. "I never had a craving for tobacco, or tea and coffee," he once stated flatly. "I never had a craving for anything."


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Re: Titan: The Life of John Rockefeller, Sr.
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2013, 09:12:09 AM »
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Daring in design, cautious in execution - it was a formula he made his own throughout his career.


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Re: Titan: The Life of John Rockefeller, Sr.
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2013, 12:19:40 AM »
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It is impossible to comprehend Rockefeller’s breathtaking ascent without realizing that he always moved into battle backed by abundant cash. Whether riding out downturns or coasting on booms, he kept plentiful reserves and won many bidding contests simply because his war chest was deeper.


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