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Oxford Portraits are informative and insightful biographies of people whose lives shaped their times and continue to influence ours. Based on the most recent scholarship, they draw heavily on primary sources, including writings by and about their subjects. Each book is illustrated with a wealth of photographs, documents, memorabilia, framing the personality and achievements of its subject against the backdrop of history.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. This fascinating biography in the Oxford Portraits series offers a broad, well-researched and nicely presented view of the man, his business and personal interests, and his philanthropic legacy. Starting with his early years, marked by poverty and his tough, itinerant father and willful mother, the book follows Rockefeller through each development in his empire until his death in 1927, providing an oblique history of the oil industry in America along the way. Always setting Rockefeller's personal story within a larger historical context, the text, filled with anecdotes and first-person quotes, is very readable and includes intimate details about Rockefeller's contradictory attitudes towards his health, his homes, and his personal and familial relationships. A first-rate biography for reports or for students curious about the man or the era. A nice selection of photos illustrate, and a family tree, a chronology, and further resources are appended. --Gillian Engberg


School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Rockefeller was a complex man who seemed to have learned from his father how to manipulate people for his own purposes while at other times being generous to a fault. In 1865, at 26, he became involved in a new industry, oil, by purchasing his first refinery. He gained a reputation as a benevolent dictator to his employees. By the 1870s, Rockefeller was a millionaire. His net worth peaked around 1913 at an estimated 900 million dollars. The text contains an incredible amount of detail on Rockefeller's personal life and business career that at times becomes tedious. Yet, the book will be best appreciated by students who have some background knowledge of monopolies, robber barons, philanthropy, and the Standard Oil Company. Each chapter begins with a full-page, black-and-white photograph or reproduction of a business or family document. The family tree and a list of museum and historic sites are included. Other primary-source documents such as editorial cartoons, a ledger, and letters from Rockefeller to business associates and family members add credibility, visual appeal, and interest. Libraries needing information on important Americans of the late-19th/early-20th century will want to consider purchasing this book.-Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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