Breaking Rockefeller

Breaking Rockefeller

The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled An Oil Empire

Book - 2016
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Marcus Samuel, Jr., is an unorthodox Jewish merchant trader. Henri Deterding is a take-no-prisoners oilman. In 1889, John D. Rockefeller is at the peak of his power. Having annihilated all competition and possessing near-total domination of the market, even the U.S. government is wary of challenging the great "anaconda" of Standard Oil. The Standard never loses-that is until Samuel and Deterding team up to form Royal Dutch Shell.

A riveting account of ambition, oil, and greed, Breaking Rockefeller traces Samuel's rise from outsider to the heights of the British aristocracy, Deterding's conquest of America, and the collapse of Rockefeller's monopoly. The beginning of the twentieth century is a time when vast fortunes were made and lost. Taking readers through the rough and tumble of East London's streets, the twilight turmoil of czarist Russia, to the halls of the British Parliament, and right down Broadway in New York City, Peter Doran offers a richly detailed, fresh perspective on how Samuel and Deterding beat the world's richest man at his own game.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780525427391
Branch Call Number: 338.7665509 DO
Characteristics: xii, 337 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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May 18, 2016

Mythology. Opinion masquerading as history. The author does mention some bits of interesting history, including the Samuel merchant family bio - - but in no way proves his overarching thesis - - simply repeats the usual drivel.
The author does explain that a panel of federal judges found that Standard Oil was a monopoly and must be dissolved, on Nov. 20, 1909 [the publication date, making it the law, was Nov. 22, please remember that date] - and he does mention that the Rockefeller Foundation was established in 1909, but fails to mention that in 1913 congress passed the oil depletion allowance, the Federal Reserve System enactment, and legislation establishing the financial structure of foundations.
The author DOES mention that Rockefeller became richer AFTER the breakup of Standard Oil [as the stock of the individual operating units was speculated upwards] - - but how could Rockefeller become richer if supposedly his monopoly had been ostensibly broken up????? The author never addresses this - - welcome to the World of Cognitive Dissonance!!!! Or mythology!
What the author doesn't state or grasp is that a whole bunch of foundations were created by the Rockefeller family, and holding companies with Standard Oil stocks were shifted over to them, Standard Oil was ONLY broken up on paper - - NOT FINANCIALLY!
[Sidebar: Fast forward to Oct. 16, 1963, when the last great, and real populist from Texas, Rep. Wright Patman, published his Patman Report [Tax-Exempt Foundations and Charitable Trusts: Their Impact on Our Economy], essentially explaining how the super-rich both hide their wealth and ownership within foundations and trusts, and use them to exert control over industry. This greatly aids President Kennedy in his quest to tax offshore monies and profits of the super-rich [they are already gunning for him for generating $4.3 billion in DEBT-FREE money [not payable to the bankers] into the economy under Executive Order 11110], and a little over a month later, on Nov. 22, 1963, JFK is murdered in Dallas. [At the end, it appears the purpose of this book was to overturn the Jones Act, the last vestige of the American Maritime industry.]


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