Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller

By Steven Weinberg
Read by Pam Ward

11.93 Hours 04/01/2008 unabridged
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Long before the rise of megacorporations like Walmart and Microsoft, Standard Oil controlled the oil industry with a monopolistic force unprecedented in American business history. Undaunted by the ruthless power of its owner, John D. Rockefeller, a fearless and ambitious reporter named Ida Minerva Tarbell confronted the company known simply as “The Trust.” Through her peerless fact gathering and devastating prose, Tarbell pioneered the new practice of investigative journalism. Her shocking discoveries about Standard Oil and Rockefeller led to a dramatic confrontation that culminated in the landmark 1911 Supreme Court antitrust decision, forever altering the landscape of modern American industry. Based on extensive research, Taking on the Trust is a vivid and dramatic history of the Progressive Era with powerful resonance for the early twenty-first century.

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Winner of the Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award

Long before the rise of megacorporations like Walmart and Microsoft, Standard Oil controlled the oil industry with a monopolistic force unprecedented in American business history. Undaunted by the ruthless power of its owner, John D. Rockefeller, a fearless and ambitious reporter named Ida Minerva Tarbell confronted the company known simply as “The Trust.” Through her peerless fact gathering and devastating prose, Tarbell pioneered the new practice of investigative journalism. Her shocking discoveries about Standard Oil and Rockefeller led to a dramatic confrontation that culminated in the landmark 1911 Supreme Court antitrust decision, forever altering the landscape of modern American industry. Based on extensive research, Taking on the Trust is a vivid and dramatic history of the Progressive Era with powerful resonance for the early twenty-first century.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A demonstration that the power of wealth was not absolute and the power of the press to expose corruption was not to be ignored.” Wall Street Journal
“This extensively researched account…is a truly exceptional piece of work worthy of multiple listens. Pam Ward reads with vigor and enthusiasm, presenting Weinberg’s account of Ida Tarbell and justice during the Progressive Era with honesty and resolve. Ward reads with remarkable clarity but never slows to a lethargic pace. While the subject may seem aimed at a limited audience, the topics of discussion are largely applicable in today’s modern world, and Ward seems positively aware of this in her reading.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Ward effortlessly holds the listener’s attention with her straightforward delivery of Weinberg’s complex tapestry of history and biography.” AudioFile
“This is a fascinating and well-written account of the development of monopoly capitalism and the birth of investigative journalism…This book tells a dramatic story in an engaging style and will be a good addition for both public and academic libraries.” Library Journal
“Tarbell emerges as a remarkably intelligent, diligent and principled woman with great independence of spirit.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg received the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work in unifying two of the fundamental forces of nature, and in 1991 he was awarded the National Medal of Science at the White House. His earlier prize-winning book The First Three Minutes is the classic account of the “Big Bang,” the modern theory of the origin of the universe. Among his other books are The Theory of Subatomic Particles and Gravitation and Cosmology: Principles and Applications of the General Theory of Relativity. Steven Weinberg is a member of the Royal Society of London as well as the US National Academy of Sciences, and has been awarded numerous honorary degrees, most recently from Columbia University and the Universities of Salamanca and Padua.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 11.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English