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American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 by H. W. Brands

By H. W. Brands

In a grand-scale narrative heritage, the bestselling writer of 2 finalists for the Pulitzer Prize now captures the a long time whilst capitalism used to be at its so much unbridled and some breathtakingly filthy rich businessmen completely remodeled the United States from an agrarian financial system to an international energy.

The years among the Civil battle and the top of the 19th century observed the wholesale transformation of the United States from a land of small farmers and small businessmen into an business enormous. pushed via unfathomably filthy rich and strong businessmen like J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, armies of staff, either female and male, have been harnessed to a brand new imaginative and prescient of huge undefined. A society rooted within the soil grew to become one dependent in towns, and legions of immigrants have been interested in American seashores. What’s extra, in reaching its revolution, capitalism threatened to eclipse American democracy. “What do I care in regards to the law?” bellowed Cornelius Vanderbilt. “Hain’t I acquired the power?” He did, and with it he and the opposite capitalists reshaped each point of yank lifestyles. In American Colossus, H.W. manufacturers portrays the emergence, in a remarkably few minutes, of a recognizably sleek the United States.

The capitalist revolution left no longer a unmarried zone or point of yankee lifestyles untouched. It roared around the South, wrenching that quarter from its feudal earlier and integrating the southern economic climate into the nationwide one. It burst over the West, dictating the destruction of local American economies and peoples, using the exploitation of average assets, and making the frontier of cost a company frontier to boot. It crashed around the city panorama of the East and North, turning towns into engines of wealth and poverty, opulence and squalor. It swamped the politics of an prior period, shooting one significant celebration and half the opposite, inspiring the production of a 3rd get together and selecting the problems over which all 3 waged the various bitterest battles in American heritage.

Brands’s spellbinding narrative superbly depicts the oil gushers of western Pennsylvania, the increase, in Chicago, of the 1st skyscraper, the exploration of the Colorado River, the farm animals drives of the West, and the early passionate sparks of union lifestyles. by means of 1900 the the US he portrays is wealthier than ever, but prosperity is precarious, inequality rampant, and democracy stretched skinny. American Colossus is an unforgettable portrait of the years while the competition among capitalism and democracy used to be at its sharpest, and capitalism triumphed.

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