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b Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer of Alexander Hamilton George Washington and John D Rockefeller Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most complicated generals and presidents Ulysses S Grant b br br Ulysses S Grant s life has typically been misunderstood All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman fond of drinking to excess or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War or as a credulous and hapless president whose tenure came to symbolize the worst excesses of the Gilded Age These stereotypes don t come close to capturing adequately his spirit and the sheer magnitude of his monumental accomplishments A biographer at the height of his powers Chernow has produced a portrait of Grant that is a masterpiece the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency br br Before the Civil War Grant was flailing His business ventures had been dismal and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenness But in the Civil War Grant began to realize his remarkable potential soaring through the ranks of the Union army prevailing at the Battle of Shiloh and in the Vicksburg campaign and ultimately defeating the legendary Confederate general Robert E Lee after a series of unbelievably bloody battles in Virginia Along the way Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort His military fame translated into a two term presidency but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff All the while Grant himself remained more or less above reproach But more importantly he never failed to seek freedom and justice for black Americans working to crush the Ku Klux Klan and earning the admiration of Frederick Douglass who called him the vigilant firm impartial and wise protector of my race After his presidency he was again brought low by a trusted colleague this time a dashing young swindler on Wall Street but he resuscitated his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs which are recognized as a masterpiece of the genre br br With his famous lucidity breadth and meticulousness Chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as nothing heroic and yet the greatest hero His probing portrait of Grant s lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level This is America s greatest biographer bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents The definitive biography i Grant i is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant s life explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary, Bankers philanthropists scholars socialites artists and politicians the Warburgs stood at the pinnacle of German and later of German American Jewry They forged economic dynasties built mansions and estates assembled libraries endowed charities and advised a German kaiser and two American presidents But their very success made the Warburgs lightning rods for anti Semitism and their sense of patriotism became increasingly dangerous in a Germany that had declared Jews the enemy br br Ron Chernow s hugely fascinating history is a group portrait of a clan whose members were renowned for their brilliance culture and personal energy yet tragically vulnerable to the dark and irrational currents of the twentieth century, The winner of the National Book Award and now considered a classic i The House of Morgan i is the most ambitious history ever written about an American banking dynasty Acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal as brilliantly researched and written the book tells the rich panoramic story of four generations of Morgans and the powerful secretive firms they spawned It is the definitive account of the rise of the modern financial world A gripping history of banking and the booms and busts that shaped the world on both sides of the Atlantic i The House of Morgan i traces the trajectory of the J P Morgan empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the crash of Ron Chernow paints a fascinating portrait of the private saga of the Morgans and the rarefied world of the American and British elite in which they moved Based on extensive interviews and access to the family and business archives i The House of Morgan i is an investigative masterpiece a compelling account of a remarkable institution and the men who ran it and an essential book for understanding the money and power behind the major historical events of the last years, John D Rockefeller Sr history s first billionaire and the patriarch of America s most famous dynasty is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians Now Ron Chernow the National Book Award winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families gives us a history of the mogul etched with uncommon objectivity and literary grace as detailed balanced and psychologically insightful a portrait of the tycoon as we may ever have Kirkus Reviews Titan is the first full length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller s exceptionally rich trove of papers A landmark publication full of startling revelations the book will indelibly alter our image of this most enigmatic capitalist br Born the son of a flamboyant bigamous snake oil salesman and a pious straitlaced mother Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world s richest man by creating America s most powerful and feared monopoly Standard Oil Branded the Octopus by legions of muckrakers the trust refined and marketed nearly percent of the oil produced in America br Rockefeller was likely the most controversial businessman in our nation s history Critics charged that his empire was built on unscrupulous tactics grand scale collusion with the railroads predatory pricing industrial espionage and wholesale bribery of political officials The titan spent more than thirty years dodging investigations until Teddy Roosevelt and his trustbusters embarked on a marathon crusade to bring Standard Oil to bay br While providing abundant new evidence of Rockefeller s misdeeds Chernow discards the stereotype of the cold blooded monster to sketch an unforgettably human portrait of a quirky eccentric original A devout Baptist and temperance advocate Rockefeller gave money more generously his chosen philanthropies included the Rockefeller Foundation the University of Chicago and what is today Rockefeller University than anyone before him Titan presents a finely nuanced portrait of a fascinating complex man synthesizing his public and private lives and disclosing numerous family scandals tragedies and misfortunes that have never before come to light br John D Rockefeller s story captures a pivotal moment in American history documenting the dramatic post Civil War shift from small business to the rise of giant corporations that irrevocably transformed the nation With cameos by Joseph Pulitzer William Randolph Hearst Jay Gould William Vanderbilt Ida Tarbell Andrew Carnegie Carl Jung J Pierpont Morgan William James Henry Clay Frick Mark Twain and Will Rogers Titan turns Rockefeller s life into a vivid tapestry of American society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries It is Ron Chernow s signal triumph that he narrates this monumental saga with all the sweep drama and insight that this giant subject deserves br br br i From the Hardcover edition i