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  • Grant | Ron Chernow

    Grant

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
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    Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

    Derek says: "The Ultimate Grant Biography by the Ultimate Biographer - Chernow’s Best Yet!"
  • Alexander Hamilton | Ron Chernow

    Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Kevin says: "An Outstanding & Riveting Book!"
  • Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow

    Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. | Ron Chernow

    Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

    Rick says: "He makes Bill Gates look like a Pauper!"
  • The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance | Ron Chernow

    The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    A gripping history of banking and the booms and busts that shaped the world on both sides of the Atlantic, The House of Morgan traces the trajectory of the J. P.Morgan empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the crash of 1987. Ron Chernow paints a fascinating portrait of the private saga of the Morgans and the rarefied world of the American and British elite in which they moved. Based on extensive interviews and access to the family and business archives, The House of Morgan is an investigative masterpiece.

    Phil O. says: "Monumental. Loved it."
  • Alexander Hamilton | Ron Chernow

    Alexander Hamilton

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (505)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Bessel A van der Kolk says: "secret genius"
  • The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family | Ron Chernow

    The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Jonathan Reese
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    Bankers, philanthropists, scholars, socialites, artists, and politicians, the Warburgs stood at the pinnacle of German (and, later, German American) Jewry. They forged economic dynasties, built mansions and estates, assembled libraries, endowed charities, and advised a German kaiser and two American presidents. But their very success made the Warburgs lightning rods for anti-Semitism, and their sense of patriotism became increasingly dangerous in a Germany that had declared Jews the enemy.

    Amazon Customer says: "I am never disappointed my Mr. Chernow!"
  • Grant

    • ABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
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    Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

  • Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow

    Washington: A Life

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    Ryan says: "Get the unabridged version!"
  • The Death of the Banker: The Decline and Fall of the Great Financial Dynasties and the Triumph of the Small Investor | Ron Chernow

    The Death of the Banker: The Decline and Fall of the Great Financial Dynasties and the Triumph of the Small Investor

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
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    Ron Chernow examines the forces that made dynasties like the Morgans, the Warburgs, and the Rothschilds the financial arbiters of the early twentieth century and then rendered them virtually obsolete by the century's end. As he traces the shifting balance of power among investors, borrowers, and bankers, Chernow evokes both the grand theater of capital and the personal dramas of its most fascinating protagonists.

    Bill says: "Good short read"
  • The New Yorker, March 23rd, 2009 (Ron Chernow, Jeffrey Toobin, John McPhee) | Ron Chernow,Jeffrey Toobin,John McPhee

    The New Yorker, March 23rd, 2009 (Ron Chernow, Jeffrey Toobin, John McPhee)

    • Abridged/Unabridged (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow, Jeffrey Toobin, John McPhee
    • Narrated By Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
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    "Not Insane", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Madoff and his Models", by Ron Chernow; "The Replacement", by Jeffrey Toobin; "Spin Right and Shoot Left", by John McPhee; "Tiny Bubbles", by Mike Peed.

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