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Author: Peter B. Doran Narrator: Peter B. Doran Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9780399565113
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The incredible tale of how ambitious oil rivals Marcus Samuel, Jr., and Henri Deterding joined forces to topple the Standard Oil empire
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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Peter Doran’s Breaking Rockefeller is the best kind of history, telling great stories, providing fascinating detail, and reflecting real knowledge. In this story of the origins of the modern oil industry, there are plenty of lessons for the present too.”

    Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “Peter Doran’s enthralling account of the early days of the oil industry—particularly the mano-a-mano battle between a Jewish merchant in England and the original industry titan, John D. Rockefeller—reads like a thriller without sacrificing good solid scholarship. With some relevant observations for our own time, this is a gem of a book.”

    Robert Kagan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[Doran’s] main accomplishment is his illumination of the saga of how Marcus Samuel Jr. and Henri Deterding became rivals in the world oil trade and then, around the turn of the century, found enough common interest to attack the Standard Oil juggernaut from Japan, Russia, and elsewhere outside the US…A readable popular history told largely through the actions of swashbuckling tycoons.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Peter Doran tells a riveting and exciting account of the formation of Royal Dutch Shell and how it managed to stand up to Standard Oil at the turn of the nineteenth century. With color and delight, he has captured the nature of the oil business at the time in this well-researched volume.”

    Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

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About the Author

Peter B. Doran is vice president for research at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington, DC, where he leads the center’s energy horizons and defense programs. He is the author of the popular History of Oil podcast on iTunes. A recognized expert on international affairs and national security, his articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, Defense News, National Review, the American Spectator, and the Journal of Energy Security. His analysis and commentary are regularly featured in US and European media, such as Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. He holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies.