The Life Legend of E H Harriman

The Life   Legend of E H  Harriman
Author: Maury Klein
Publsiher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Total Pages: 521
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9780807825174
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Life Legend of E H Harriman Book Excerpt:

To Americans living in the early twentieth century, E. H. Harriman was as familiar a name as J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie. Like his fellow businessmen, Harriman (1847-1909) had become the symbol for an entire industry: Morgan sto

The Life and Legend of E H Harriman

The Life and Legend of E  H  Harriman
Author: Maury Klein
Publsiher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2003-06-19
ISBN: 0807860778
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Life and Legend of E H Harriman Book Excerpt:

To Americans living in the early twentieth century, E. H. Harriman was as familiar a name as J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie. Like his fellow businessmen, Harriman (1847-1909) had become the symbol for an entire industry: Morgan stood for banking, Rockefeller for oil, Carnegie for iron and steel, and Harriman for railroads. Here, Maury Klein offers the first in-depth biography in more than seventy-five years of this influential yet surprisingly understudied figure. A Wall Street banker until age fifty, Harriman catapulted into the railroad arena in 1897, gaining control of the Union Pacific Railroad as it emerged from bankruptcy and successfully modernizing every aspect of its operation. He went on to expand his empire by acquiring large stakes in other railroads, including the Southern Pacific and the Baltimore and Ohio, in the process clashing with such foes as James J. Hill, J. P. Morgan, and Theodore Roosevelt. With its new insights into the myths and controversies that surround Harriman's career, this book reasserts his legacy as one of the great turn-of-the-century business titans. Originally published 2000. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

The Harriman Alaska Expedition of 1899

The Harriman Alaska Expedition of 1899
Author: John J. Michalik
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2021-08-11
ISBN: 1476643253
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Harriman Alaska Expedition of 1899 Book Excerpt:

In 1899, one of America's wealthiest men assembled an interdisciplinary team of experts--many of whom would become legendary in their fields--to join him, entirely at his expense, on a voyage to the largely unknown territory of Alaska. The Harriman Expedition remains unparalleled in its conception and execution. This book follows the team closely: where they went, what they did, and what they learned--including finding early evidence of glacial retreat, assessing the nature and future of Alaska's natural resources, making important scientific discoveries, and collecting an astonishing collection of specimens. A second thread involves the lives and accomplishments of the members of the party, weaving biographical strands into the narrative of the journey and the personal experiences they shared. This is the first comprehensive, scholarly treatment of the Harriman Alaska Expedition since the 1980s. It features the diaries, letters home, and post-Expedition writings, including unpublished autobiographies, generated by the members of the party.

Inside Money

Inside Money
Author: Zachary Karabell
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2021-05-18
ISBN: 0698197968
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inside Money Book Excerpt:

A sweeping history of the legendary private investment firm Brown Brothers Harriman, exploring its central role in the story of American wealth and its rise to global power Conspiracy theories have always swirled around Brown Brothers Harriman, and not without reason. Throughout the nineteenth century, when America was convulsed by a devastating financial panic essentially every twenty years, Brown Brothers quietly went from strength to strength, propping up the U.S. financial system at crucial moments and catalyzing successive booms, from the cotton trade and the steamship to the railroad, while largely managing to avoid the unwelcome attention that plagued some of its competitors. By the turn of the twentieth century, Brown Brothers was unquestionably at the heart of what was meant by an American Establishment. As America's reach extended beyond its shores, Brown Brothers worked hand in glove with the State Department, notably in Nicaragua in the early twentieth century, where the firm essentially took over the country's economy. To the Brown family, the virtue of their dealings was a given; their form of muscular Protestantism, forged on the playing fields of Groton and Yale, was the acme of civilization, and it was their duty to import that civilization to the world. When, during the Great Depression, Brown Brothers ensured their strength by merging with Averell Harriman's investment bank to form Brown Brothers Harriman, the die was cast for the role the firm would play on the global stage during World War II and thereafter, as its partners served at the highest levels of government to shape the international system that defines the world to this day. In Inside Money, acclaimed historian, commentator, and former financial executive Zachary Karabell offers the first full and frank look inside this institution against the backdrop of American history. Blessed with complete access to the company's archives, as well as a thrilling understanding of the larger forces at play, Karabell has created an X-ray of American power--financial, political, cultural--as it has evolved from the early 1800s to the present. Today, unlike many of its competitors, Brown Brothers Harriman remains a private partnership and a beacon of sustainable capitalism, having forgone the heady speculative upsides of the past thirty years but also having avoided any role in the devastating downsides. The firm is no longer in the command capsule of the American economy, but, arguably, that is to its credit. If its partners cleaved to any one adage over the generations, it is that a relentless pursuit of more can destroy more than it creates.

Harriman vs Hill

Harriman vs  Hill
Author: Larry Haeg
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2013-10-01
ISBN: 145293990X
Category: Transportation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Harriman vs Hill Book Excerpt:

In 1901, the Northern Pacific was an unlikely prize: a twice-bankrupt construction of the federal government, it was a two-bit railroad (literally—five years back, its stock traded for twenty-five cents a share). But it was also a key to connecting eastern markets through Chicago to the rising West. Two titans of American railroads set their sights on it: James J. Hill, head of the Great Northern and largest individual shareholder of the Northern Pacific, and Edward Harriman, head of the Union Pacific and the Southern Pacific. The subsequent contest was unprecedented in the history of American enterprise, pitting not only Hill against Harriman but also Big Oil against Big Steel and J. P. Morgan against the Rockefellers, with a supporting cast of enough wealthy investors to fill the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. The story, told here in full for the first time, transports us to the New York Stock Exchange during the unfolding of the earliest modern-day stock market panic. Harriman vs. Hill re-creates the drama of four tumultuous days in May 1901, when the common stock of the Northern Pacific rocketed from one hundred ten dollars a share to one thousand in a mere seventeen hours of trading—the result of an inadvertent “corner” caused by the opposing forces. Panic followed and then, in short order, a calamity for the “shorts,” a compromise, the near-collapse of Wall Street brokerages and banks, the most precipitous decline ever in American stock values, and the fastest recovery. Larry Haeg brings to life the ensuing stalemate and truce, which led to the forming of a holding company, briefly the biggest railroad combine in American history, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the deal, launching the reputation of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes as the “great dissenter” and President Theodore Roosevelt as the “trust buster.” The forces of competition and combination, unfettered growth, government regulation, and corporate ambition—all the elements of American business at its best and worst—come into play in the account of this epic battle, whose effects echo through our economy to this day.

Otto Kahn

Otto Kahn
Author: Theresa Mary Collins
Publsiher: UNC Press Books
Total Pages: 383
Release: 2002
ISBN: 9780807826966
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Otto Kahn Book Excerpt:

Influential banker and patron of the arts Otto Kahn (1867-1934) played a leading role in reorganizing the U.S. railroad systems, supporting the Allied war effort in World War I, and promoting New York arts and artists. In this cultural biography Theresa Collins examines Kahn's banking and patronage activities to show how he pointedly sought to fuse money, art, and geopolitics.

Iron Empires

Iron Empires
Author: Michael Hiltzik
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2020
ISBN: 0544770315
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Iron Empires Book Excerpt:

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Hiltzik, the epic tale of the clash for supremacy between America's railroad titans.

After the Ball

After the Ball
Author: Patricia Beard
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2021-06-02
ISBN: 1664175423
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

After the Ball Book Excerpt:

Set in 1905, against a backdrop of magnificence, excess and corrupting glamour, After the Ball's themes are stunningly fresh: greed and chicanery, flawed love between fathers and sons, and contradictory American attitudes about wealth. Glamorous, cultured and ambitious - but fatally young and naïve - James Hazen Hyde was twenty-three when he inherited the majority shares in the billion-dollar Equitable Life Assurance Society in 1899. Five years later, at the pinnacle of social and financial success, he made a fatal miscalculation, and set in motion the first great Wall Street scandal of the twentieth century. On the last night of January 1905, Hyde gave one of the most fabulous balls of the Gilded Age. Falsely accused of charging the party to his company, he was sucked into a maelstrom of allegations of corporate malfeasance that involved the era's most famous financiers and industrialists. “Wonderfully foreboding...exactly on pitch...a textured and compelling tragedy”—USA Today

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
Author: Edwin Lefèvre,Jon D. Markman
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2009-12-21
ISBN: 0470481595
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator Book Excerpt:

With new commentary and Insights on the life and times of Jesse Livermore Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the fictionalized biography of perhaps the most famous financial speculator of all time-Jesse Livermore. This annotated edition bridges the gap between Edwin Lefevre's fictionalized account of Livermore's life and the actual, historical events, places, and people that populate the book. It also describes the variety of trading approaches Livermore used throughout his life and analyzes his psychological development as a trader and the lessons gained through hard experiences. Analyzes legendary trader Jesse Livermore's strategies and explains how they can be used in today's markets Provides factual details regarding the actual companies Livermore traded in and the people who helped/hindered him along the way Explains the structure and mechanics of the Livermore-era markets, including the bucket shops and the commodity exchanges Includes more than 100 pages of new material Reminiscences of a Stock Operator has endured over 70 years because traders and investors continue to find lessons from Livermore's experiences that they can apply to their own trading. This annotated edition will continue the trend.

Bone Wars

Bone Wars
Author: Tom Rea
Publsiher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2021-09-14
ISBN: 082298847X
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bone Wars Book Excerpt:

With a New Foreword by Matthew C. Lamanna and a New Afterword by Tom Rea Less than one hundred years ago, Diplodocus carnegii—named after industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie—was the most famous dinosaur on the planet. The most complete fossil skeleton unearthed to date, and one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered, Diplodocus was displayed in a dozen museums around the world and viewed by millions of people. Bone Wars explains how a fossil unearthed in the badlands of Wyoming in 1899 helped give birth to the public’s fascination with prehistoric beasts. Rea also traces the evolution of scientific thought regarding dinosaurs and reveals the double-crosses and behind-the-scenes deals that marked the early years of bone hunting. With the help of letters found in scattered archives, Tom Rea recreates a remarkable story of hubris, hope, and turn-of-the-century science. He focuses on the roles of five men: Wyoming fossil hunter Bill Reed; paleontologists Jacob Wortman—in charge of the expedition that discovered Carnegie’s dinosaur—and John Bell Hatcher; William Holland, imperious director of the recently founded Carnegie Museum; and Carnegie himself, smitten with the colossal animals after reading a story in the New York Journal and Advertiser. What emerges is the picture of an era reminiscent of today: technology advancing by leaps and bounds; the press happy to sensationalize anything that turned up; huge amounts of capital ending up in the hands of a small number of people; and some devoted individuals placing honest research above personal gain.

The Life of Yellowstone Kelly

The Life of Yellowstone Kelly
Author: Jerry Keenan
Publsiher: UNM Press
Total Pages: 377
Release: 2006
ISBN: 9780826340351
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Life of Yellowstone Kelly Book Excerpt:

Based on Kelly's memoirs and correspondence, this is the first full-length biography of an extraordinary man of the American West.

J P Morgan and the Transportation Kings

J P  Morgan and the Transportation Kings
Author: Steven H. Gittelman
Publsiher: University Press of America
Total Pages: 369
Release: 2012
ISBN: 0761858490
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

J P Morgan and the Transportation Kings Book Excerpt:

Vanderbilt, Hill, Morgan, and Harriman were America's industrial princes, planning to link American railroads and a shipping cartel with a railroad line through China and Russia, then into Europe, and create: the Transportation Kings. Poised for great accomplishment, their story ends in the sinking of the Titanic and bitter failure.

The Encyclopedia of New York State

The Encyclopedia of New York State
Author: Peter Eisenstadt
Publsiher: Syracuse University Press
Total Pages: 1940
Release: 2005-05-19
ISBN: 9780815608080
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Encyclopedia of New York State Book Excerpt:

The Encyclopedia of New York State is one of the most complete works on the Empire State to be published in a half-century. In nearly 2,000 pages and 4,000 signed entries, this single volume captures the impressive complexity of New York State as a historic crossroads of people and ideas, as a cradle of abolitionism and feminism, and as an apex of modern urban, suburban, and rural life. The Encyclopedia is packed with fascinating details from fields ranging from sociology and geography to history. Did you know that Manhattan's Lower East Side was once the most populated neighborhood in the world, but Hamilton County in the Adirondacks is the least densely populated county east of the Mississippi; New York is the only state to border both the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean; the Erie Canal opened New York City to rich farmland upstate . . . and to the west. Entries by experts chronicle New York's varied areas, politics, and persuasions with a cornucopia of subjects from environmentalism to higher education to railroads, weaving the state's diverse regions and peoples into one idea of New York State. Lavishly illustrated with 500 photographs and figures, 120 maps, and 140 tables, the Encyclopedia is key to understanding the state's past, present, and future. It is a crucial reference for students, teachers, historians, and business people, for New Yorkers of all persuasions, and for anyone interested in finding out more about New York State.

Buying the Vote

Buying the Vote
Author: Robert E. Mutch
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 363
Release: 2014
ISBN: 0199340005
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buying the Vote Book Excerpt:

"Campaign finance reform has always been motivated by a definition of democracy that does not count corporations as citizens and holds that self-government works best by reducing political inequality. In the early years of the twentieth century, Congress recognized the strength of these principles by prohibiting corporations from making campaign contributions, passing a disclosure law, and setting limits on campaign expenditures. These reforms were not controversial at the time, but conservative opposition to them appeared in the 1970s. That opposition was well represented in the Supreme Court, which has rolled back reform by granting First Amendment rights to corporations and declaring the goal of reducing political inequality to be unconstitutional. Buying the Vote analyzes the rise and decline of campaign finance reform by tracking changes in the way presidential campaigns have been funded since the late nineteenth century, and changes in the debate over how to reform fundraising practices. A close examination of major Supreme Court decisions shows how the Court has fashioned a new and profoundly inegalitarian redefinition of American democracy"--

The Industrial Revolution in America Iron and steel

The Industrial Revolution in America  Iron and steel
Author: Kevin Hillstrom,Laurie Collier Hillstrom
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 306
Release: 2005
ISBN: 1851096205
Category: Agricultural innovations
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Industrial Revolution in America Iron and steel Book Excerpt:

A set of books on the Industrial Revolution, these comprehensive volumes cover the history of steam shipping, iron and steel production, and railroads-three interrelated enterprises that helped shift the Industrial Revolution into overdrive.

President McKinley War and Empire

President McKinley  War and Empire
Author: Richard F. Hamilton
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2017-07-05
ISBN: 1351496956
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

President McKinley War and Empire Book Excerpt:

The "progressive" reading of history focuses on two major antecedents for the origins of the United States' 1898 war with Spain: the 1896 presidential election and the Hearst-Pulitzer press war that, reportedly, generated an irresistible clamor from an "aroused public." Underlying those narratives are two very different theoretical frameworks: a class-dominance view and that of the mass society. Volume 1 of President McKinley, War and Empire assesses the adequacy of those readings.In the 1896 election the Republicans, led by William McKinley, were challenged by William Jennings Bryan, a radical and an inflationist, who had defeated the conservative leaders of the Democratic Party. The Bryanites portrayed the 1896 election as a struggle between "Wall Street" and "the people." McKinley was portrayed as a docile, pliable figure whose campaign was directed by an adept Ohio business magnate, Mark Hanna. The McKinley victory meant that "big business" was now "in control."The Cuban insurgency, begun in 1895, gained attention and support from the American newspapers. This began with a circulation war in New York City, with Hearst and Pulitzer publishing "sensational" reports about the struggle in Cuba. The resulting public clamor, it is said, overwhelmed the members of the legislative and executive branches. McKinley and his advisors fended off those demands as best they could but, following the sinking of the Maine, he conceded and asked Congress to authorize intervention.This work provides an original assessment of those long-standing claims, the basic elements of the progressive history. It reviews McKinley's biography, principally the events leading up to his election victory, including discussion of Hanna's role. It then examines the events leading up to the war. Studies of press content are reviewed and new material is introduced. The work also argues that two other factors were decisive: the efforts of an adept Cuban pressure group and partisa

Encyclopedia of North American Railroads

Encyclopedia of North American Railroads
Author: William D. Middleton,RICK MORGAN,Roberta L. Diehl
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 1296
Release: 2007-04-06
ISBN: 0253027993
Category: Transportation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of North American Railroads Book Excerpt:

Lavishly illustrated and a joy to read, this authoritative reference work on the North American continent’s railroads covers the U.S., Canadian, Mexican, Central American, and Cuban systems. The encyclopedia’s over-arching theme is the evolution of the railroad industry and the historical impact of its progress on the North American continent. This thoroughly researched work examines the various aspects of the industry’s development: technology, operations, cultural impact, the evolution of public policy regarding the industry, and the structural functioning of modern railroads. More than 500 alphabetical entries cover a myriad of subjects, including numerous entries profiling the principal companies, suppliers, manufacturers, and individuals influencing the history of the rails. Extensive appendices provide data regarding weight, fuel, statistical trends, and more, as well as a list of 130 vital railroad books. Railfans will treasure this indispensable work.

A Passion for Nature

A Passion for Nature
Author: Donald Worster
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2008-10-21
ISBN: 0199831068
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Passion for Nature Book Excerpt:

"I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer," John Muir wrote. "Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness. My own special self is nothing." In Donald Worster's magisterial biography, John Muir's "special self" is fully explored as is his extraordinary ability, then and now, to get others to see the sacred beauty of the natural world. A Passion for Nature is the most complete account of the great conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club ever written. It is the first to be based on Muir's full private correspondence and to meet modern scholarly standards. Yet it is also full of rich detail and personal anecdote, uncovering the complex inner life behind the legend of the solitary mountain man. It traces Muir from his boyhood in Scotland and frontier Wisconsin to his adult life in California right after the Civil War up to his death on the eve of World War I. It explores his marriage and family life, his relationship with his abusive father, his many friendships with the humble and famous (including Theodore Roosevelt and Ralph Waldo Emerson), and his role in founding the modern American conservation movement. Inspired by Muir's passion for the wilderness, Americans created a long and stunning list of national parks and wilderness areas, Yosemite most prominent among them. Yet the book also describes a Muir who was a successful fruit-grower, a talented scientist and world-traveler, a doting father and husband, a self-made man of wealth and political influence. A man for whom mountaineering was "a pathway to revelation and worship." For anyone wishing to more fully understand America's first great environmentalist, and the enormous influence he still exerts today, Donald Worster's biography offers a wealth of insight into the passionate nature of a man whose passion for nature remains unsurpassed.

Crossing the Hudson

Crossing the Hudson
Author: Donald Wolf
Publsiher: Rutgers University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2010-04-15
ISBN: 0813549507
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Crossing the Hudson Book Excerpt:

Fog, tide, ice, and human error--before the American Revolution those who ventured to cross the vast Hudson Valley waterway did so on ferryboats powered by humans, animals, and even fierce winds. Before that war, not a single Hudson River bridge or tunnel had been built. It wasn't until Americans looked to the land in the fight for independence that the importance of crossing the river efficiently became a subject of serious interest, especially militarily. Later, the needs of a new transportation system became critical--when steam railroads first rolled along there was no practical way to get them across the water without bridges. Crossing the Hudson continues this story soon after the end of the war, in 1805, when the first bridge was completed. Donald E. Wolf simultaneously tracks the founding of the towns and villages along the water's edge and the development of technologies such as steam and internal combustion that demanded new ways to cross the river. As a result, innovative engineering was created to provide for these resources. From hybrid, timber arch, and truss bridges on stone piers to long-span suspension and cantilevered bridges, railroad tunnels, and improvements in iron and steel technology, the construction feats that cross the Hudson represent technical elegance and physical beauty. Crossing the Hudson reveals their often multileveled stories--a history of where, why, when, and how these structures were built; the social, political, and commercial forces that influenced decisions to erect them; the personalities of the planners and builders; the unique connection between a builder and his bridge; and the design and construction techniques that turned mythical goals into structures of utility and beauty.

Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age

Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age
Author: Leonard C. Schlup,James Gilbert Ryan
Publsiher: M.E. Sharpe
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9780765621061
Category: United States
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age Book Excerpt:

Covers all the people, events, movements, subjects, court cases, inventions, and more that defined the Gilded Age.