Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire

Breaking Rockefeller The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire The incredible tale of how ambitious oil rivals Marcus Samuel Jr and Henri Deterding joined force

  • Title: Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire
  • Author: Peter B. Doran
  • ISBN: 9780525427391
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire

    The incredible tale of how ambitious oil rivals Marcus Samuel, Jr and Henri Deterding joined force.

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    1. Lady Wesley

      Breaking Rockefeller is the best kind of popular history -- with fascinating characters fully brought to life in Peter Doran's lively prose. If you always thought that Teddy Roosevelt and the trust busters brought about the break-up of the Standard Oil behemoth (as I did), you know only a part of the story. Doran introduces the reader to Marcus Samuel, Jr and Henri Deterding, who formed their own "team of rivals" to attack Rockefeller from outside the U.S.The story of the oil industry's early da [...]

    2. Marks54

      This book is an engaging account of the origins of the Royal Dutch Shell group in the oil industry. The author is a policy/energy wonk and not a professional historian. The story tends to focus on individuals rather than the complexities of corporate structures, antitrust law, or geological strata. This is not a huge problem, since the individuals in this story are literally of world historical scope - John D. Rockefeller, Henri Deterding, Marcus Samuel, Winston Churchill, Teddy Roosevelt, and o [...]

    3. Steven Peterson

      A fascinating book. John D. Rockefeller had established the Standard Oil Company, which used its near monopoly power to dominate the oil market in the United States. This book is a study in how two entrepreneurs--competitiros at times and collaborators at other times--entered the American market and competed with Standard Oil. The success of the new group--Royal Dutch Shell--was a bit less than met the eye, but it was surely an important event in American oil business and policy and politics.The [...]

    4. Bimal Patel

      What an awesome book written on history of petroleum business by Peter Doran. The author's story telling style makes this book very riveting. The book starts out by giving the readers a glimpse of the birth of Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company and how it came to rule the petroleum business all over the world. It's fascinating to learn about a Jewish merchant's son in England and a Dutch tobacco agent, who eventually created a company that could go head to head with Standard Oil of Rockefeller. [...]

    5. Margaret Rusciolelli

      Who knew the world of oil from crude to refined could be interesting? Peter Dorian's book of oil tycoons is history in an easy to digest form. The fluctuating gas prices we experience in the 21st century have always been part and parcel of this industry. Well written, no pun intended.

    6. Jb

      As a student at the University of Texas, I recall one of my professors, who once had worked for a newspaper in Kahoka, Mo talking about how the Standard Oil Co. practiced "cut to kill" in the town. That meant that any new gas station that tried to open up would soon be driven out of business. Standard would cut prices ridiculously low, then once the new competitor, who couldn't match the low prices, was gone, the Standard station would raise its price sky high. John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil [...]

    7. Sherrie Pilkington

      ***I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway***4.5 stars. Interesting and engaging. The author let the story meander through different stories and ideas as he told the tale of how Rockefeller's empire was brought down. There were strong personalities, scandals, intrigue, and it read more like a novel than a history book. It was very hard to put down as it kept touching on fresh ideas and situations.My only complaint is the final chapter. In trying to make parallels with modern times, he ended up w [...]

    8. Chess

      Great read on the powerful men Marcus Samuels and Deterding with their companies Shell and Royal Dutch and how they came to surpass and invade the oil monopoly ran by Rockefeller. Beautiful work of world history lost in time.

    9. Evan Schneider

      This book was awesome. I learned a lot about how the world has come to be today because of Rockefeller, Samuel, and Deterding. The way Doran ties it into current affairs closes out the book magnificently

    10. Haur Bin

      History of Royal Dutch Shell against the backdrop of Standard Oil domination of petroleum industry. Marcus Samuel's entrepreneurial ability coupled with being at the right place at the right time where he was given an opportunity of a lifetime to capitalise on Russian oil boom in Baku where Rothschilds needed someone to move the oil to the Far East. With his earlier business connection as well as bold vision to win on logistics, probably gave rise to the invention of safe & efficient sea tra [...]

    11. Sankari

      A history of the oil industry including all the major players like Standard Oil and Royal Dutch Shell. Peter Doran does an excellent job of not only accurately depicting the historical events that occurred in the time but also of storytelling. He really delves into the nuances of ambition and greed and different personality types that would prove to be so incredibly influential in the oil industry. I learned so much from this book, and am really disturbed by a lot of things, such as the the Jone [...]

    12. Peter Tillman

      Pretty good history of the early oil industry, including Rockefeller's Standard Oil monopoly, the founding of Royal Dutch Shell, and discovery/development of some of the early oilfields. This is interesting stuff, but the book isn't very well-written and keeps going off on tangents and side-trails. Still, I found it worthwhile.

    13. Itsme

      It is a fundamental of capitalist economics that wealth concentrates; businesses tend to be monopolies or to fail; rich people get richer and the poor get poorer. This book really makes the point while keeping interest well up

    14. Matt swanson

      Awesome reading Great book very informative but simply put and entertaining . The facts and events are well analyzed and presented I also enjoyed the last part scrutinizing present for the kinks with the past

    15. Lara Donnelly

      Almost everything about this book was solidly enjoyable, and I learned a lot about the global history of fossil fuels. But the last chapter turned into a rant about fracking and the Jones act that felt out of step with the rest of the book.

    16. Jill Stevenson

      Dana review- the title implies some master counter stroke but it is merely the tale of natural forces at work.

    17. Ms. Reader

      I received this book from First Reads in exchange for an honest reviewFantastic book! Well written and very interesting. Highly recommend giving it a try.

    18. Andrew

      More about Shell and Royal Dutch than about Rockefeller or how he was toppled. Misleading title, but interesting nonetheless.

    19. Samantha

      I really enjoyed this book. It is the type of nonfiction I really like; it moves quickly, doesn't feel like a textbook and is obviously very well researched. It follows Marcus Samuel and Henri Deterding as they attempt to make a place for themselves in the oil business. Up until Marcus Samuel decided to challenge him, Rockefeller had formed a huge monopoly over oil. One of the reasons for this was that the oil boom started in America. When they found oil in Russia, and then increasingly everywhe [...]

    20. Lisa-Michele

      Rockefeller was not really broken so much as he fell from his perch as King of the Hill, so the title puzzles me. This book is about the period in the world economy (1901-1908) when John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil ruled the world, then others came on the scene and diluted their monopolistic control. I enjoyed learning about the early days of crude oil exploration when the goal was kerosene and gasoline was a mere waste product. Standard was challenged by Royal Dutch and Shell, who eventuall [...]

    21. Lynn Lyon

      It all started with a hashtag - #LNG. I was introduced to Peter Doran on Twitter with a mutual interest in natural gas. His tweets are insightful but limited with 140 characters. He is a gifted thinker and author. He educates and entertains with this story that looks at the challenges of distance, geography, risk, technology and greed.I love this book. Every chapter was my new favorite through the final pages. Peter is an excellent story teller in writing and in person. Breaking Rockefeller prov [...]

    22. Bozworth

      I appreciated a deeper look at Marcus Samuel, particularly in light of Doran's note in the acknowledgments that Samuel had burned his papers. I would have liked more on Deterding - this seemed thin but it may be attributable to Deterding's less colorful nature. Details on the development of the first tanker Murex, the role of geologists practical application of their anticline theory in Sumatra, the Royal Dutch burning "waste" gasoline byproduct from Pangkalan Brandan, the burning of Baku, all h [...]

    23. Dan Darragh

      Fascinating story about how Rockefeller built his empire and what it took to dismantle it. It's hard to grasp just how much money and how much power Rockefeller had at the peak of the Standard Oil monopoly and the effect it had not only on America but the entire world. The last couple of chapters really put the whole thing in perspective and also warn us about what is happening in some parts of the business world today and how it is so intertwined with politics.

    24. Robin

      I have always been fascinated by the men who were so powerful during this time period. I always read/hear about how they made their fortunes and the influences they had on our country. This book revealed the other side and the forces that brought down the Rockefeller empire. I had always heard of Roosevelt's hand in the deal but had no idea of what was happening on the other side of the world. It was a nice story to finally hear. As far as the writing, I felt that it could have been condensed. I [...]

    25. Joe

      This is a good book describing the early days of the oil industry. The descriptions of Rockefeller, Samuel and Deterding are fascinating. They were clearly Titan of the industry. I felt that the title was somewhat misleading. The US Supreme Court toppled the Empire. RDS provided the competition. The author acknowledges this on p 253. Also I found it interesting the author list RDS as second to Walmart in the 2014 Fortune 500 listing. That was true in revenue but not profits. RDS has never been k [...]

    26. Aditya Vikram Gupta

      The books does a good job of documenting the dynamics of the oil industry and describing the events that led to the current state of the industry. However, it lacks the spirit of an independent investigation and parts of the book read as though they have been deliberately altered and tampered with. I would definitely recommend the book not only to people enthusiastic about learning about the origins of the oil industry but also to those who are interested in understanding the role of oil in the [...]

    27. Sus

      Peter is a friend and a gifted storyteller. Who knew the history of oil could be so fascinating? This book is not just a biography of Rockefeller, but a rich tapestry of characters and their ambitions. I was fascinated by the people and events that shaped the oil industry. I couldn't put Breaking Rockefeller down.

    28. Alice Central

      This novel is the definition of AMAZING. Never thought I'd be able to learn so much about the clever business man John D. Rockefeller. This novel has drastically modulated my perspective on the oil industry and the business industry.

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