Regular price: $28.00

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

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 US 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 20th century is a time when vast fortunes were made and lost. Taking listeners through the rough and tumble of East London's streets, to 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.

©2016 Peter B. Doran (P)2016 Penguin Audio

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    82
  • 4 Stars
    38
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    81
  • 4 Stars
    29
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    76
  • 4 Stars
    34
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Philo
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 05-25-16

Tale of business, cultures, dances as it teaches

Effervescent. Sprightly. Colorful. Listenable. Relentlessly. I kid you not. You will not find a greater delight in business history than here. The author zooms from personality to personality, place to place with a grace rarely seen. Each sentence is crafted with clever bits, and the author reads the book to perfection -- dividing the sentences into segments that impart meaning as clear as a bell. Each level and layer of meaning overlays seamlessly -- from the dynamics of competition and entrepreneurship to the delights, quirks and neuroses a Yank or Swede or Siamese or Indian or Brit at any level might experience as the 1800s progressed. Personalities are finely and wittily etched, along wilth their links and their parts in their times. We readily grasp why each player acts as (s)he does. We see the games great and small. Instantly we are whisked into another scene, a boardroom, a dinner, a ship's deck, a sailor's holiday, a tourist's seaside jaunt, and instantly we can feel as if we know and inhabit the participants' minds. And it all fits a magnificent puzzle with business pulsing at its heart. This is obviously a labor of love on the author's part at every level. It shows that quality great and small. One might read a dozen academic texts and never grasp the totality of what is here. It's like Niall Ferguson but with a much more demanding editor cutting out the chaff. If this has any shred of interest for you, you won't regret it.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great History of Oil Business

I loved all the details about all the big players in the oil industry. I had no idea how much impact the oil industry had on the world, inventions and lives in general. Great book, full of fascinating information about pivotal people in the world!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Horrible narration

Story was very good. But the narration was not. He has too many infections. And it bothered me a lot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

informative and entertaining

I very much enjoyed this book. the author does a great job of making a bygone era come to life. I knew about Rockefeller from his philanthropy but I did not know the story of his business this was very eye-opening. it was wonderful to hear how his competitors finally got the upper hand and to learn the history of the shell Corporation. I especially like that the author narrated his own book and was able to put emphasis where it was most needed. if you have any interest in learning more about the past economy or our current economy this is a great read, I highly recommend it!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

great

this is an extent book that does a good job of painting the early 20th century the last chapter falls off into a short anti "Jones act" (nothing wrong with that but I just wasn't expecting it) story, but EVERTHING else was awesome