At the turn of the last century, the men who dared to think big changed the business landscape forever--and grew fabulously wealthy in the process. Today, as the forces of technological and social change are giving rise to a new breed of business pioneer, the insights of the first industrialists have never been more relevant or compelling. In this unique book, noted business historians George David Smith and Frederick Dalzell showcase the best writings and statements of America's legendary "robber barons"--Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Ford, Carnegie, Armour, Du Pont, and others--on such timeless topics as risk taking and innovation, growth strategies, workplace design, and leadership. Featuring lively commentary from Smith and Dalzell as well as period illustrations, Wisdom from the Robber Barons will capture the imagination of any business reader who aspires to make a mark on the world.
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this is a great rule book for the next up and coming ken lay or j.p morgan.crush your enemies, reward your friends!it's all here and proven techniques sure to make your investors hate you personally, but love your golden touch!such ditties as 'think a lot, say little', by j.p morgan are priceless.
I don't give it 5 stars since the authors feel they need to insult these historical men, and apologize for them. The authors also mis-quote some of these business men, or worse, only give you part of the quote, which is destructive and sad. Case in point, when William Vanderbilt said, "the public be damned", he further said, "It is the stock holders I serve", which is the purpose of a business..the stockholders, not the public. Thus, Vanderbilt only spoke the truth, which the reader is prevented from knowing. Vanderbilt spoke true wisdom. The men they write about in this book did only what others have and still do, but only far better. The "robber" barons robbed nobody, they just ran a business like a business. This book contains all the wisdom one needs to be a business and fiancial success, if one has the guts. You can NOT become successful, in business, if you do not follow the actions, thoughts and most important, the emotions of these geniuses, as described in this book. Buy it and read it every year. I have bought multiple copies to give as gifts to those few who have the inclination, instinct, intelligence and temperment.