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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction to 19th century capitalism in the US
The book covers the stories of Gould, Fisk, Vanderbilt, Frick, Rockefeller, J. Pierpont Morgan in the sectors of Railroads, Oil, Steel... Very well written.
Published on 18 Aug. 1999

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1 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't read the book but can't stand Andy Kelsall
The "rich" Andy is referring to have each contributed more to the masses than they ever got in return. One idea of theirs fed millions of the "workers" communists like Andy extoll, and we live in a society that villifies those we depend on most. We should all shrug and let Andy and his ilk starve.
Published on 30 Aug. 1999


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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction to 19th century capitalism in the US, 18 Aug. 1999
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This review is from: The Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists, 1861-1901 (Harvest Book) (Paperback)
The book covers the stories of Gould, Fisk, Vanderbilt, Frick, Rockefeller, J. Pierpont Morgan in the sectors of Railroads, Oil, Steel... Very well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Will Set You Free, 4 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: The Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists, 1861-1901 (Harvest Book) (Paperback)
Written way back in the 1930's in another capitalist inspired depression this book was an expose on how it all occurred. It is salutary in style as it takes a Marxist scalpel, which is neither as righteous in its vitriol nor as excusing as American history has become. It shows how these men before the Civil War hitched a ride to the industrial currents unleased in the war and rode on the back of them. The Civil War transformed the USA from a Jeffersonian artisan aristocracy to a speeded up superpower in the making.

Gone went the Quaker sentiments, along with the Puritan ideals and in came grab it while you can. Former poor men, those who suffered the slights of poverty....mainly, rose to the surface through a will to power and revenge. As such they had no empathy for the forms of power they took and mastered. It was all there for the taking.

The book looks into the back ground of these men and offers a powerful psycho history as well as an economic history. It is highly readable and explores those facets modern America hides away from itself as it spins those well worn myths about its internal narrative. Instead here we have a highly readable and somewhat accurate depiction of how it was, rather than how it is blown up within a PR America exercise.

If you want to know how it all began then this is the starting point and wish I read it years ago when I studied US history. It says so much more than anything else and that includes Howard Zinn, as this pushes deeper and further to let the truth gurgle out.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some things never change, 9 Dec. 1998
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This review is from: The Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists, 1861-1901 (Harvest Book) (Paperback)
As I read this book a few months ago, the theme that kept coming back to me time and time again was how the problems we see today aren't new at all. Just like today, the aptly named "Robber Barons" absolutely abused and took advantage of the very people who were making them rich - namely, the workers. It's no different today (maybe better working conditions, but the top dogs running Americas corporations CONTINUE to make millions, hand-over-fist, while the working class strugglges to get by and tries to make a decent wage). It's sickening how the people at the top nearly always abuse those who are truly the backbone of America's corporations.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 18 May 1999
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This review is from: The Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists, 1861-1901 (Harvest Book) (Paperback)
Very informative and well written. The Robber Barons is one of the better books I have read in a long time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Oct. 2014
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Very pleased.
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1 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't read the book but can't stand Andy Kelsall, 30 Aug. 1999
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The "rich" Andy is referring to have each contributed more to the masses than they ever got in return. One idea of theirs fed millions of the "workers" communists like Andy extoll, and we live in a society that villifies those we depend on most. We should all shrug and let Andy and his ilk starve.
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