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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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  • Hectoris
  • 06-10-2016

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
  • 03-09-2015

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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  • Patrick C. Clayton
  • 29-08-2015

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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  • GeorgiLovesJesus
  • 18-09-2017

In my opinion...

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

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  • Wesley H. Goble
  • 16-05-2018

Nasty bad read. A wonderful sleep inducing book!

If this were written for a doctoral thesis, it might be viewed as a book worth reading by scholars. This book sucks with a BIG “S”

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  • Clark's Custom Carpentry & Repairs
  • 22-03-2018

Fascinating

Completely fascinating! I listened to it entirely in under 3 days. I wish it weren't over now. Time to fill my book wish list.

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  • Chris Limpalair
  • 03-09-2016

Really enjoyed it

What made the experience of listening to The Tycoons the most enjoyable?

Some rich detail that I haven't found anywhere else yet.

What other book might you compare The Tycoons to and why?

Biographies of the Tycoons themselves. Except this book ties many stories together and gives a nice overview of what drove a lot of the innovation in that time period.

What does William Hughes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator's voice and tone were fitting for the book type and period.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The part where Jay Gould tried to corner the gold market stands out the most. Though that was certainly not the only pat I enjoyed

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  • Y. Syed
  • 16-05-2018

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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  • Trent Bones
  • 14-12-2016

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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