Titan: the Life of John D. Rockefeller

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Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller

The book I decided to read was The Titan written by Ron Chernow. I was interested in reading this book because I wanted to learn more about how John D. Rockefeller dominated the oil industry and became so rich and powerful. We briefly discussed about John D. Rockefeller in our first section of class, but I wanted to learn more about this influential man. This book was very detailed about his life, from birth all the way to his death. The author thoroughly discussed the many trials and tribulations that Rockefeller was faced with along his path to becoming one of the most influential men in the history of the oil industry.

Rockefeller was born on July 8th 1839 in Richford, New York; he was the second child out of six. His father, Will, was a lumberman for most of his life, but later became a salesman. People who knew this mysterious man gave him the nickname “Big Bill.” He was described as fun-loving but returned to his family infrequently. His mom, Eliza, was a homemaker and also a devoted Baptist. She struggled to maintain a strong stable household while her husband Will was in and out of the house. As a child Rockefeller tried his best at every task he was given. He always did his chores, and continuously tried to find ways to make some money on the side. He raised and sold turkeys, sold candy and potatoes, and even lent money to neighbors. One of the biggest pieces of advice that his father gave him was to always get the better part of any deal. I believe that the hard work ethic he had and the eye for money at such a young age was an early indicator of the rich powerful man he became later on in life. When he was still a young boy, his family moved to Moravia, New York, and then in 1851 moved again to Owego. There he attended Owego Academy. Two years later his family moved to Strongsville, a neighborhood in Cleveland. Rockefeller then attended Cleveland’s Central High School and later took a business course at a...
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