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Download Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (48 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Weinberg Narrator: Pam Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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Long before the rise of mega-corporations like Wal-Mart and Microsoft, Standard Oil controlled the oil industry with a monopolistic force unprecedented in American business history. Undaunted by the ruthless power of its owner, John D. Rockefeller, a fearless and ambitious reporter named Ida Minerva Tarbell confronted the company known simply as The Trust.

Through her peerless fact gathering and devastating prose, Tarbell pioneered the new practice of investigative journalism. Her shocking discoveries about Standard Oil and Rockefeller led to a dramatic confrontation that culminated in the landmark 1911 Supreme Court antitrust decision, forever altering the landscape of modern American industry. Based on extensive research, Taking on the Trust is a vivid and dramatic history of the Progressive Era, with powerful resonance for the early 21st century. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Drew Vonada-Smith | 3/27/2013

    " Oodles of boring, extraneous detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 6/18/2012

    " Part biography, this book is really more about Tarbell's battle with John D. Rockefeller and how she forever changed the public perception of the man. Well worth a look. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kenpen | 9/18/2011

    " Sadly I couldn't get excited about this book even though the subject and the time period were interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Russell | 8/9/2011

    " A must read for any women (and men) who are interested in the roots of women's role in investigative journalism. Ida Tarbell was ahead of her time and did not back down. Inspirational piece of history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarita | 5/14/2011

    " This took so long to finish. It's well-researched and I learned a lot about Ida Tarbell and muckrakers that was enlightening considering the propagandist once-over my high school textbooks had offered. Still, man. Very little humanity among all the details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 8/23/2010

    " After finishing this audiobook, I now want to check out a biography of J Rockefeller. The book gives you an great sense of the times and places the story takes place. It's also neat seeing the start of mega capitalism and the protesters accompanying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine Nelson | 8/3/2010

    " placeholder. write more later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 7/25/2010

    " There wasn't really any new material on John D. Rockefeller but did have more background on Ida Tarbell than I've seen before. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Desiree Smelcer | 7/18/2009

    " Not so much about the oil trust as the history of Ida Tarbell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 7/12/2009

    " A great look at both their lives before, during and after. Helps provide some context to both Rockefeller's business practices and how Tarbell got interested enough to take on the topic. "

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