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National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist ? From the acclaimed, award-winning author of Alexander Hamilton: here is the essential, endlessly engrossing biography of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.?the Jekyll-and-Hyde of American capitalism. In the course of his nearly 98 years, Rockefeller was known as both a rapacious robber baron, whose Standard Oil Company rode roughshod over an industry, and a philanthropist who donated money lavishly to universities and medical centers. He was the terror of his competitors, the bogeyman of reformers, the delight of caricaturists?and an utter enigma. ? Drawing on unprecedented access to Rockefeller?s private papers, Chernow reconstructs his subjects? troubled origins (his father was a swindler and a bigamist) and his single-minded pursuit of wealth. But he also uncovers the profound religiosity that drove him ?to give all I could??; his devotion to his father; and the wry sense of humor that made him the country?s most colorful codger. Titan is a magnificent biography?balanced, revelatory, elegantly written.