John D. Rockefeller

Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire

In Breaking Rockefeller we follow the rise of Marcus Samuel, Jr., an unorthodox Jewish merchant trader and Henri Deterding, a take-no-prisoners oilman. There lives become intertwined in 1889, with John D. Rockefeller 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. Read more…