What are the best books about tycoons during the Gilded Age?

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    #1The First Tycoon

    The First Tycoon

    The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt is a widely renowned biography written by T.J. Stiles. It was released in April 2009 and won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award.

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    Roger Wheeler
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Amazing biography (and incredibly capturing story) of Vanderbilt. I couldn't put it down! Very educational while still being incredibly interesting. "
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    #2Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

    Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

    Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. written by Ron Chernow which has been a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Award reveals the private life of the oil tycoon. 

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    Austin Garcia
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I consider Titan to be the definitive take on John D. Rockefeller. The book is incredibly thorough and examines all aspects of the tycoon's life. There is so much detail about Rockefeller's personal and professional life. Even though the books was very long Chernow managed to keep my engaged the entire time. I have never been so mesmerized by history. "
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    #3The House of Morgan

    The House of Morgan
    The House of Morgan is a non-fiction book written by the renowned American historian, Ron Chernow. It won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 1990, the year of its first publication.
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    Stephanie Anderson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "in particular I do not like this kind of books, because I believe that nowadays we have to analyze the market a lot and that it has changed so much that they are no longer the same ideals as all those years ago"
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    #4Andrew Carnegie

    Andrew Carnegie

    Andrew Carnegie is written by David Nasaw which chronicles the life of the iconic business titan from his modest upbringing through his rise to one of the world's richest men after he founded Carnegie Steel.

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    Johnny Allen
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This is a biography of the well known business tycoon, Andrew Carnegie. His life spanned much of what we consider the Gilded Age, and thus is perfect for anyone looking for books of this sort. This is an excellent result for this search criteria, and user reviews confirm that it's an excellent book all around as well."
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    #5The Robber Barons

    The Robber Barons

    The Robber Barons is a non-fiction history book written by Matthew Josephson, first published in 1940. It explores the lives of American capitalists of the late 19th century like Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, and Carnegie.

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    Roberto Carrera
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a really intriguing book. It kind of reflects on what you see in the modern world. For those who don't want to repeat history."
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    #6Morgan: American Financier

    Morgan: American Financier

    Morgan: American Financier is a biography written by Jean Strouse which reveals the full-scale life of J. Pierpont Morgan who is behind the General Electric, U.S. Steel and vast railroad empires in America.  

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    #7American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

    American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900
    American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 is a non-fiction book written by H.W. Brands, first published in 2010 by Doubleday. It details the history of the Gilded Age during the late 19th century.


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    Willie Davidson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Interesting take o the subject, and well written. H.W. Brands knows how to write in a informing manner without being pretentious."
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    #8When the Astors Owned New York

    When the Astors Owned New York

    When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age is a non-fiction book written by Justin Kaplan. It was originally published in 2006 by The Viking Press.

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    Patricia Young
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a good book if you want to see how the upper crust lived in years gone by. This is a great look at history, but it is on the dry side. It will be more interesting if you have a particular interest in the families that ruled New York Society."
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    #9Dark Genius of Wall Street

    Dark Genius of Wall Street
    Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould is a non-fiction book written by Edward J. Renehan Jr. It was first published in 2005, and it tells the life story of the king of the Robber barons.
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    Carl Ray
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Dark Genius of Wall Stress is one of the best books about tycoons during the Gilded Age."
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    #10Hershey

    Hershey

    Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams is a non-fiction book written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D'Antonio. It was first published in 2006 by Simon & Schuster.

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    Paul Stanley
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I needed to read a book on tycoons during the Gilded Ages to do research for a class, and I'm not recommending Hersey to all my friends! Reads more like a story than a history book. "

Summary

Best What are the best books about tycoons during the Gilded Age
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The First TycoonBooks 38 Paid
2Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.Books 35 Paid
3The House of MorganBooks 31 Paid
4Andrew CarnegieBooks 31 Paid
5The Robber BaronsBooks 28 Paid
6Morgan: American FinancierBooks 25 Paid
7American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900Books 24 Paid
8When the Astors Owned New YorkBooks 22 Paid
9Dark Genius of Wall StreetBooks 20 Paid
10HersheyBooks 18 Paid
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