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Robber Baron: The Life of Charles Tyson Yerkes John Franch

Robber Baron: The Life of Charles Tyson Yerkes

John Franch

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ISBN : 9780252075179
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384 pages
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Standing alongside J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller, Charles Tyson Yerkes (1837-1905) was one of the most colorful and controversial public figures in nineteenth-century America. Robber Baron is the first biography of theMoreStanding alongside J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller, Charles Tyson Yerkes (1837-1905) was one of the most colorful and controversial public figures in nineteenth-century America. Robber Baron is the first biography of the streetcar magnate who was the mastermind behind Chicagos Loop Elevated and the London Underground and namesake of the University of Chicagos observatory. Yerkes also served as the inspiration for Frank Cowperwood, the ruthless protagonist of Theodore Dreisers Trilogy of Desire: The Financier, The Titan, and The Stoic. Despite various philanthropic efforts, Yerkes and his unscrupulous tactics were despised by the press and public, and he left Chicago a bitter man.John Franch has drawn upon every available source to tell the complete story of a man desperate to leave a lasting impression on his world. While Yerkess enduring public works testify to his success, Robber Baron uncovers the cost of this boundless ambition.