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Random Reminiscences of Men and Events

John D. Rockefeller

Book Overview: 

A good book by the oil revolutionist of the 20th century. As they say "Men should listen to experience" and this book is all about the experience of the second highest taxpayer in the US.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I had unearthed. When finally at what seemed to me the time, I presented myself to my would-be employer:

"We will give you a chance," he said, but not a word passed between us about pay. This was September 26, 1855. I joyfully went to work. The name of the firm was Hewitt & Tuttle.

In beginning the work I had some advantages. My father's training, as I have said, was practical, the course at the commercial college had taught me the rudiments of business, and I thus had a groundwork to build upon. I was fortunate, also, in working under the supervision of the bookkeeper, who was a fine disciplinarian, and well disposed toward me.

When January, 1856, arrived, Mr. Tuttle presented me with $50 for my three months' [37]work, which was no doubt all that I was worth, and it was entirely satisfactory.

For the next year, with $25 a month, I kept my position, learning the details and clerical work connected with such a business. It was a wh. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Short but very interesting read. In the seven chapters that constitute this book Rockefeller talks of his early start in business, the atmosphere in which he began, and the men with which he did business to accomplish what he did.

Although some parts can be dull as they are filled with business d...more

Words from Rockefeller himself. This guy always surprises me. Yes, he was wealthiest person in history, but he also made so many other people wealthy. For instance, this quote from the book: “Go into business not for money but for association with interesting, quick-minded men”

This book has tons...more

Great wisdom from a great man

John D Rockefeller is one of the most successful businessmen the world ever produced, listening to him not only inspiring but also provide excellent lessons on building a business based on a solid foundation and long-term financial and organizational strength rather t...more

3 stars just bc of the author not bc on the content

"Where can I fit in so that I may be most effective in the work of the world? Where can I lend a hand in a way effectively to advance the general interests? Enter life in such a spirit, choose your vocation in that way, and you have taken the first step on the highest road to a large success. Inv...more

Excellent read. Things have not changed much in 100 years of business, though the consolidation strategy of Standard Oil has already been replicated in most markets where it's applicable. Growth in next 100 years will be about customization, personalization, and adding value to enable charging pr...more

The book was super boring, but the man is great. If it wasn't for Rockerfeller great business success I would give it 1 star.
Love 1 quote from the book
“A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship”

I will try to read Titan, the other book about Rockerfeller. I h...more

This is the tenth book in my American history series. In my search for a book about the Gilded Age with the requirements of being brief and compelling I came up with this book. Actually I find the Gilded Age to be a rather difficult period of American history to get excited about, but there are c...more

This book read like Rockefeller penned me a personal letter as a business mentor. The content is a century old but largely very applicable still. A short but great read. Highly recommended to anyone in business of any size.

probably more like a two and a half. an autobiography by the original Rockefeller. there were some interesting points, but generally a pretty boring book. interesting start in business. the last two chapters were spent on his philosophy concerning philanthropy about which he seemed quite dogmatic...more

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