John Jacob Astor

Download or Read eBook John Jacob Astor PDF written by John Denis Haeger and published by Wayne State University Press. This book was released on 2017-12-01 with total page 365 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
John Jacob Astor

Book Synopsis John Jacob Astor by : John Denis Haeger

John Jacob Astor was the best-known and most important American businessman for more than a half-century. His career encompassed the country's formative economic years from the precarious days following the American Revolution to the emergence of an urban-centered manufacturing economy in the late 1840s. Change was the dominant motif of the period, and Astor either exemplified the varied economic, social, and political changes in his business career or he directly affected the course of events. In this biography of John Jacob Astor, John Denis Haeger uses Astor's life and his career as a merchant, fur trader, and land speculator as vehicles for examining several important themes and issues in American economic and urban development between 1790 and 1860. Haeger addresses, in fascinating detail, the complexity of Astor's business endeavors, his extensive connections with the country's dominant political figures, and the "modern" business strategies and managerial techniques that he used to build his business empire. Astor was clearly not a business revolutionary who radically altered an existing system. He was, however, an entrepreneur who exerted a profound change on an industry. He fascinated his contemporaries precisely because he so mirrored his age and its changing business and economic patterns. He grasped the greater size and complexity of an emerging commercial economy in post-Revolutionary America and adopted strategies and structures that transformed the fur and China trades. His investment in city real estate, stocks, bonds, and even a western city made him part of America's evolution into an urbanindustrial society. For his era, John Astor's career was remarkable for its modernity, vision, and reflection of American economic and political values. More than just a personal biography, John Jacob Astor combines economic theories with a fascinating narrative that demonstrates, like no other book has, Astor's impact on the early republic.

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  • Publisher – Wayne State University Press
  • Total Pages – 365
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780814343432
  • ISBN-13 – 0814343430

John Jacob Astor

Download or Read eBook John Jacob Astor PDF written by Axel Madsen and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2002-03-14 with total page 321 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
John Jacob Astor

Book Synopsis John Jacob Astor by : Axel Madsen

On The Deal Maker: How William C. Durant Made General Motors: "A well-written biography."-New York Times On Stanwyck: The Life and Times of Barbara Stanwyck: "Madsen's admirably researched, insightful portrait of her aloof nature . . . reveals she was always torn between her wish to give of herself and her need to be in control."-Christian Science Monitor On Chanel: A Woman of Her Own: "Fascinating . . . . Takes the reader behind the coromandel veneers of Chanel's life."-New York Times Book Review "Carefully knits together the complex pattern of Chanel's complicated existence. It's not an easy task."-Toronto Globe and Mail On Gloria and Joe: "Axel Madsen finally gives the public a fascinating chronicle of the romance that could have ruined more than two careers."-Dallas Morning News On Cousteau: "Both critical and understanding. And it is exceptionally readable. Readers are well advised to take the plunge."-Chicago Tribune On Malraux: "Will stand as the best of more than a dozen books about Malraux in print."-Kansas City Star

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  • Publisher – John Wiley & Sons
  • Total Pages – 321
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780471009351
  • ISBN-13 – 0471009350

John Jacob Astor and the First Great American Fortune

Download or Read eBook John Jacob Astor and the First Great American Fortune PDF written by Alexander Emmerich and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2013-08-07 with total page 205 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
John Jacob Astor and the First Great American Fortune

Book Synopsis John Jacob Astor and the First Great American Fortune by : Alexander Emmerich

This biography analyzes Astor's rise from poor German immigrant in 1784 to the first modern millionaire--he was one before the term "millionaire" entered the English language. Many consider him to be the fourth wealthiest American of all times. After his death in 1848, the public began to discuss the "responsibility" of a millionaire. Some argued that he must have been greedy and cold. Some voices demanded that he should have given all his money back to the United States. More liberal thinkers praised him for his genius and vision. This biography presents a balanced picture. Astor was the founder of the first American settlement on the Pacific (Astoria, Oregon) and of New York's fine hotels the Astor House and the Waldorf-Astoria, as well as a developer of the American West and a fur trader. Many American cities and sites are named after him. He donated the Astor Library to the city of New York (it became the first public library of the city), now part of the New York Public Library.

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  • Publisher – McFarland
  • Total Pages – 205
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780786472130
  • ISBN-13 – 0786472138

Astoria

Download or Read eBook Astoria PDF written by Peter Stark and published by Harper Collins. This book was released on 2014-03-04 with total page 333 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Astoria

Book Synopsis Astoria by : Peter Stark

In the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Skeletons in the Zahara, Astoria is the thrilling, true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, an epic, now forgotten, three-year journey to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast. Peter Stark offers a harrowing saga in which a band of explorers battled nature, starvation, and madness to establish the first American settlement in the Pacific Northwest and opened up what would become the Oregon trail, permanently altering the nation's landscape and its global standing. Six years after Lewis and Clark's began their journey to the Pacific Northwest, two of the Eastern establishment's leading figures, John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson, turned their sights to founding a colony akin to Jamestown on the West Coast and transforming the nation into a Pacific trading power. Author and correspondent for Outside magazine Peter Stark recreates this pivotal moment in American history for the first time for modern readers, drawing on original source material to tell the amazing true story of the Astor Expedition. Unfolding over the course of three years, from 1810 to 1813, Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship in the wilderness and at sea. Of the more than one hundred-forty members of the two advance parties that reached the West Coast—one crossing the Rockies, the other rounding Cape Horn—nearly half perished by violence. Others went mad. Within one year, the expedition successfully established Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River. Though the colony would be short-lived, it opened provincial American eyes to the potential of the Western coast and its founders helped blaze the Oregon Trail.

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  • Publisher – Harper Collins
  • Total Pages – 333
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780062218315
  • ISBN-13 – 006221831X

A Journey in Other Worlds

Download or Read eBook A Journey in Other Worlds PDF written by John Jacob Astor and published by BoD – Books on Demand. This book was released on 2019-09-25 with total page 274 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
A Journey in Other Worlds

Book Synopsis A Journey in Other Worlds by : John Jacob Astor

Reproduction of the original: A Journey in Other Worlds by John Jacob Astor

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  • Publisher – BoD – Books on Demand
  • Total Pages – 274
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  • ISBN-10 – 9783734063619
  • ISBN-13 – 3734063612