Taking on the Trust

How Ida Tarbell Brought Down John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil

Steve Weinberg (Author)


“A demonstration that . . . the power of the press to expose corruption was not to be ignored.”—Paul E. Steiger, Wall Street Journal

Hailed by critics on its release, this fascinating dual biography looks at two extraordinary lives and the social history of the Progressive Era. Taking on the Trust is a grand achievement by a skilled scholar and proud defender of the ever-necessary act of political journalism.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33551-4
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“As a journalistic icon, Tarbell serves as both a high water mark for effective journalism and a sobering reminder of the limited power of the pen.” — Tom Abate, San Francisco Chronicle

“Should be required reading in every newsroom in America.” — Kitty Kelley, author of The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty

“The perfect marriage of author and subject.” — David Maraniss, author of They Marched Into Sunlight

“A story that ought to thrill any investigative reporter.” — Michael Kazin, Washington Post

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