CRRL Picks: Great Lives 2014: Titans of the Gilded Age

Annotation:Biographical approaches to history and culture. All lectures are open to the public free of charge; no tickets are required. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall.

Age of Betrayal
Age of Betrayal The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900 By Beatty, Jack Book - 2007 973.8 Be Available in some locations

Annotation:A fresh look at the Gilded Age, when an oligarchy of wealth triumphed over democracy.

Banquet at Delmonico's
Banquet at Delmonico's Great Minds, the Gilded Age, and the Triumph of Evolution in America By Werth, Barry Book - 2009 576.8 We Available in some locations

Annotation:Draws readers inside the circle of philosophers, scientists, politicians, businessmen, clergymen, and scholars who brought Charles Darwin's controversial ideas to America in the crucial years after the Civil War.

The House the Rockefellers Built
The House the Rockefellers Built A Tale of Money, Taste, and Power in Twentieth-century America By Dalzell, Robert F. Book - 2007

Annotation:One hundred years ago America's richest man established a dynastic seat, the granite-clad Kykuit, high above the Hudson River.

J.P. Morgan, Banker to A Growing Nation
J.P. Morgan, Banker to A Growing Nation By Byman, Jeremy Book - 2001 921 Morga Available in some locations

Annotation:For five decades J. P. Morgan funded railroads, oil wells, and steel companies. He also collected great art and helped the government divert financial chaos. So why was he one of the most hated men in America?

John D. Rockefeller
John D. Rockefeller Anointed With Oil By Segall, Grant Book - 2001 921 Rocke Available in some locations

Annotation:Chronicle(s) the life of John D. Rockefeller, one of the quintessential American robber barons, a textbook example of Gilded Age entrepreneurship and greed.

Meet You in Hell
Meet You in Hell Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Transformed America By Standiford, Les Book - 2005 338.76 St Available in some locations

Annotation:The riveting story of two founding fathers of American Industry - Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick - and the bloody steelworkers' strike that transformed their fabled partnership into a bitter rivalry.

The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America DVD - 2012 9.2 Me Available in some locations

Annotation:Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, Ford, the Men Who Built America. Meet the titans who forged the foundation of modern America and created the American Dream.

Morgan American Financier By Strouse, Jean Book - 1999 921 Morga Available in some locations

Annotation:A century ago, J. Pierpont Morgan bestrode the financial world like a colossus. The organizing force behind General Electric, U.S. Steel, and vast railroad empires, he served for decades as America's unofficial central banker.

The Murder of the Century
The Murder of the Century The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized A City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars By Collins, Paul Book - 2011 364.1523 Co Available in some locations

Annotation:On Long Island, a farmer finds a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discover a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumble upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime are turning up all over New York, but the police are baffled.

Titan The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr By Chernow, Ron Book - 2004 921 Rocke Available in some locations

Annotation: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.

The Tycoons
The Tycoons How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J.P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy By Morris, Charles R. Book - 2005 338.092 Mo All copies in use Availability details

Annotation: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.

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Thursday, March 27, 7:30, noted author H. W. Brands will discuss three "Titans of the Gilded Age": Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan, and John D. Rockefeller at UMW Dodd Auditorium