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Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made   By: (1842-1883)

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Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made by James Dabney McCabe is a captivating and inspiring exploration of the incredible success stories behind some of the world's greatest fortunes. Through a meticulous recounting of history, McCabe delves into the lives and achievements of influential figures such as John Jacob Astor, J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Andrew Carnegie.

One of the exceptional aspects of this book is McCabe's ability to transport readers into the era when these fortunes were built. His vivid descriptions and attention to detail paint a vivid picture of 19th-century America, allowing readers to understand the cultural and socioeconomic context in which these great entrepreneurs emerged.

Furthermore, McCabe's extensive research is evident in the wealth of information he presents. He masterfully combines biographical details with explanations of the business strategies employed by each individual, providing valuable insights into their remarkable accomplishments. The author's dedication to meticulous research contributes greatly to the credibility of his narrative.

Additionally, McCabe's writing style is engaging and accessible to both history enthusiasts and general readers. He expertly balances historical facts with storytelling elements, making the book an enjoyable and informative read. McCabe manages to present complex financial concepts in a way that is easily graspable, ensuring that even those without prior knowledge of business and economics can appreciate the content.

Moreover, the book offers valuable lessons and takeaways for aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders. The anecdotes and experiences recounted serve as a source of inspiration, demonstrating the transformative power of determination, vision, and hard work. McCabe emphasizes the importance of innovation and risk-taking in achieving great success, while also highlighting the ethical considerations of wealth accumulation.

Though the book primarily focuses on American figures, the principles and insights conveyed can undoubtedly resonate with readers worldwide. Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made is not merely a historical account but a timeless exploration of the human spirit, serving as a testament to the enduring desire for progress and achievement.

In conclusion, James Dabney McCabe's Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made is an exceptional literary work that seamlessly combines history, business, and biography. Through compelling storytelling and thorough research, McCabe sheds light on the fascinating journeys of some of history's greatest entrepreneurs. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration, knowledge, and a deeper understanding of the extraordinary individuals who shaped the world through their unparalleled fortunes.

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Or, The Struggles and Triumphs of Our Self Made Men



Author of Planting the Wilderness , etc., etc.

Numerous Illustrations from Original Designs by G. F. & E. B. Bensell


"MAN, it is not thy works, which are mortal, infinitely little, and the greatest no greater than the least, but only the spirit thou workest in , that can have worth or continuance." CARLYLE.

George Maclean, Philadelphia, New York and Boston Electrotyped at the Franklin Type Foundry, Cincinnati


"The physical industries of this world have two relations in them: one to the actor, and one to the public. Honest business is more really a contribution to the public than it is to the manager of the business himself. Although it seems to the man, and generally to the community, that the active business man is a self seeker, and although his motive may be self aggrandizement, yet, in point of fact, no man ever manages a legitimate business in this life, that he is not doing a thousand fold more for other men than he is trying to do even for himself. For, in the economy of God's providence, every right and well organized business is a beneficence and not a selfishness... Continue reading book >>

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