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American Colossus - The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

H. W. Brands

In a grand-scale narrative history, the bestselling author of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize now captures the decades when capitalism was at its most unbridled and a few breathtakingly wealthy businessmen utterly transformed America from an agrarian economy to a world power. The years between the Civil War and the end of the nineteenth century saw the wholesale transformation of America from a land of small farmers and small businessmen into an industrial giant. Driven by unfathomably wealthy and powerful businessmen like J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, armies of workers, both male and female, were harnessed to a new vision of massive industry. A society rooted in the soil became one based in cities, and legions of immigrants were drawn to American shores. What's more, in accomplishing its revolution, capitalism threatened to eclipse American democracy. "What do I care about the law?" bellowed Cornelius Vanderbilt. "Hain't I got the power?" He did, and with it he and the other capitalists reshaped every aspect of American life. In American Colossus, H.W. Brands portrays the emergence, in a remarkably short time, of a recognizably modern America. The capitalist revolution left not a single area or aspect of American life untouched. It roared across the South, wrenching that region from its feudal past and integrating the southern economy into the national one. It burst over the West, dictating the destruction of Native American economies and peoples, driving the exploitation of natural resources, and making the frontier of settlement a business frontier as well. It crashed across the urban landscape of the East and North, turning cities into engines of wealth and poverty, opulence and squalor. It swamped the politics of an earlier era, capturing one major party and half of the other, inspiring the creation of a third party and determining the issues over which all three waged some of the bitterest battles in American history. Brands's spellbinding narrative beautifully depicts the o

In a grand-scale narrative history, the bestselling author of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize now captures the decades when capitalism was at its most unbridled and a few breathtakingly wealthy businessmen utterly transformed America from an agrarian economy to a world power. The years between the Civil War and the end of the nineteenth century saw the wholesale transformation of America from a land of small farmers and small businessmen into an industrial giant. Driven by unfathomably wealthy and powerful businessmen like J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, armies of workers, both male and female, were harnessed to a new vision of massive industry. A society rooted in the soil became one based in cities, and legions of immigrants were drawn to American shores. What's more, in accomplishing its revolution, capitalism threatened to eclipse American democracy. "What do I care about the law?" bellowed Cornelius Vanderbilt. "Hain't I got the power?" He did, and with it he and the other capitalists reshaped every aspect of American life. In American Colossus, H.W. Brands portrays the emergence, in a remarkably short time, of a recognizably modern America. The capitalist revolution left not a single area or aspect of American life untouched. It roared across the South, wrenching that region from its feudal past and integrating the southern economy into the national one. It burst over the West, dictating the destruction of Native American economies and peoples, driving the exploitation of natural resources, and making the frontier of settlement a business frontier as well. It crashed across the urban landscape of the East and North, turning cities into engines of wealth and poverty, opulence and squalor. It swamped the politics of an earlier era, capturing one major party and half of the other, inspiring the creation of a third party and determining the issues over which all three waged some of the bitterest battles in American history. Brands's spellbinding narrative beautifully depicts the o
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In a grand-scale narrative history, the bestselling author of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize now captures the decades when capitalism was at its most unbridled and a few breathtakingly wealthy businessmen utterly transformed America from an agrarian economy to a world power. The years between the Civil War and the end of the nineteenth century saw the wholesale transformation of America from a land of small farmers and small businessmen into an industrial giant. Driven by unfathomably wealthy and powerful businessmen like J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, armies of workers, both male and female, were harnessed to a new vision of massive industry. A society rooted in the soil became one based in cities, and legions of immigrants were drawn to American shores. What's more, in accomplishing its revolution, capitalism threatened to eclipse American democracy. "What do I care about the law?" bellowed Cornelius Vanderbilt. "Hain't I got the power?" He did, and with it he and the other capitalists reshaped every aspect of American life. In American Colossus, H.W. Brands portrays the emergence, in a remarkably short time, of a recognizably modern America. The capitalist revolution left not a single area or aspect of American life untouched. It roared across the South, wrenching that region from its feudal past and integrating the southern economy into the national one. It burst over the West, dictating the destruction of Native American economies and peoples, driving the exploitation of natural resources, and making the frontier of settlement a business frontier as well. It crashed across the urban landscape of the East and North, turning cities into engines of wealth and poverty, opulence and squalor. It swamped the politics of an earlier era, capturing one major party and half of the other, inspiring the creation of a third party and determining the issues over which all three waged some of the bitterest battles in American history. Brands's spellbinding narrative beautifully depicts the o

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robertson Dean

Length:

23h 34m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:44


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:24


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:47


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:49


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:07


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:21


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:08


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:17


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:47


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:31


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:37


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:35


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:13


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:18


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:55


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:44


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:13


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:22


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:27


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:49


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:49


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:29


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:54


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:26


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:11


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:35


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:18


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:53


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:42


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:10


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:34


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:08


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:47


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:55


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:35


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:34


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:35


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:54


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:44


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:37


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:03


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:08


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:03


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:43


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:41


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:30


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:20


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:39


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:38


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:36


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:52


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:59


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:23


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:32


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:44


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:11


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:50


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:44


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:59


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:54


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:39


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:12


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:46


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:49


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:37


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:36


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:45


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:16


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:20


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:42


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:41


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:51


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:02


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:02


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:04


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:14


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:20


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:44


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:44


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

07:37


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

07:23


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:11


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:15


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:27


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:36


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:12


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:06


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:52


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:44


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:56


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:11


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:47


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:11


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:58


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:39


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:46


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

06:16


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:48


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

08:01


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

07:36


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

07:47


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

06:39


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:46


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:52


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

06:58


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

07:54


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

07:09


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:38


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

07:35


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

07:52


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:44


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

07:35


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

06:48


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

07:31


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

05:11


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

06:42


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

05:05


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

06:54


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

07:44


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

07:22


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

07:00


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

05:18


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

06:28


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

06:29


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

06:36


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

06:48


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

08:00


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

06:21


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

05:20


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

06:56


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

05:12


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

07:52


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

08:02


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

07:11


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

07:10


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

07:24


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

06:16


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

07:00


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

07:23


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

07:22


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

05:41


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

06:29


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

01:23


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

05:57


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

05:53

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