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John Jacob Astor : America's first multimillionaire

Author: Axel Madsen
Publisher: New York : John Wiley, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When he died a few months short of his eighty-fifth birthday, John Jacob Astor was the richest man in the United States. The fortune he left behind represented an astounding one-fifteenth of all personal wealth in America. Now, in this biography, author Axel Madsen deftly examines the private life of the first multinational entrepreneur of the New World." "John Jacob Astor tells the tale of this German-born son of
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Madsen, Axel.
John Jacob Astor.
New York : John Wiley, c2001
(OCoLC)654578376
Named Person: John Jacob Astor; John Jacob Astor, Kaufmann 1763-1848.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Axel Madsen
ISBN: 0471385034 9780471385035
OCLC Number: 44172996
Description: vii, 312 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: The Hard Years --
Flutes and Miss Todd --
Into the Woods --
Politics --
Rounding Out the Century --
China Profits --
Realpolitik --
Punqua Wingchong --
Family --
The Good Ship Enterprise --
A Perfect Triangle --
Outbound --
The Hunt Journey --
No News --
Mr. Madison's War --
"So Long as I Have a Dollar" --
John Jacob Astor and Son --
Paris --
This Land Is My Land --
Estimable Grand-Papa --
The Bigger Picture --
Writing about It --
A Third Fortune --
Richest Man in America --
Heirs and Graces.
Responsibility: Axel Madsen.
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"When he died a few months short of his eighty-fifth birthday, John Jacob Astor was the richest man in the United States. The fortune he left behind represented an astounding one-fifteenth of all personal wealth in America. Now, in this biography, author Axel Madsen deftly examines the private life of the first multinational entrepreneur of the New World." "John Jacob Astor tells the tale of this German-born son of a butcher who made his fortune in a new world where his money influenced public policy and led him to socialize with presidents and kings. This book features some of the most fascinating figures in the early history of the United States, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Aaron Burr, and Washington Irving.".

"An account of this legendary figure and the harrowing cross-country expedition he financed in order to rule the rich western fur trade, John Jacob Astor weaves the story of the beginning of big business in America with Astor's life and, ultimately, reveals a man whose desire to reinvent himself reshaped the modern world."--BOOK JACKET.

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