The Marshall Fields

The Marshall Fields A classic American success story with a twist Like J P Morgan John D Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie Marshall Field was one of the overlords of triumphant capitalism in the Gilded Age of the late n

  • Title: The Marshall Fields
  • Author: Axel Madsen
  • ISBN: 9780471024934
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A classic American success story with a twist Like J P Morgan, John D Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie, Marshall Field was one of the overlords of triumphant capitalism in the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century However, his phenomenal wealth and generous philanthropy masked a disastrous personal life Deserted by his wife and alienated from his children, the fouA classic American success story with a twist Like J P Morgan, John D Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie, Marshall Field was one of the overlords of triumphant capitalism in the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century However, his phenomenal wealth and generous philanthropy masked a disastrous personal life Deserted by his wife and alienated from his children, the founder of the Field dynasty left a legacy of immense wealth and misery to match The Marshall Fields recounts the classic tale of Field s spectacular success as well as the tragic story of a man who, while making millions by knowing what women wanted, had no inkling of his own wife s emotional needs This revealing account follows the next five generations of the Field family, concentrating on the most important and controversial figures in each generation What emerges is a startling saga of money, madness, and mystery From the son who may have been shot by a chorus girl to the great great grandson who used his millions to create Hollywood fantasies, Field s descendants have caromed wildly between rebellion and folly Their story offers a new and penetrating take on wealth, success, and the nightmare that often accompanies the American dream.

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    1. This book is a fascinating journey into the life and legacy of one of America's most successful and wealthy businessmen - Marshall Fields. From the birth of Marshall Fields I in 1834 to the two living Fields heirs at the time of writing in 2002, the author chronicles not only the personal happenings of the Fields family, but artfully interweaves what was going on across the country and even around the world at the time. To condense 168 years of history into 367 pages is, of course, an impossible [...]

    2. I discovered this gem, on a trip back to Chicago in a used book store. Even though the book was written in 2002, the book packs a punch with the history Marshall Fields and his family carrying on the wealth that he built. When Marshall Fields travels to Chicago, you are introduced to a town that is like the wild west but a center of transportation for america. Axel Madison, the author does an incredible job introducing you to Marshall Fields. The author has to dissect information about Feilds fr [...]

    3. If you want to know the truth, this is it. So far, there are 7 Marshall Fields. The first one didn't make it from nothing - he had a friendly deal with Palmer (as in Palmer House) to take over the P. Potter store. This isn't new - many people have developed someone else's idea. It is a legend, a dynasty and a training ground (Montgomery Ward, and more, worked there). There is still a Field family north of Chicago and in NYC, and in CA (Ted Field making movies). I loved this, and now want to see [...]

    4. This books was well written if not a little confusing (though with all the marriages/divorces/children/step-children/half-children created by this family it's not surprising). I had no idea of the wealth the family incurred. Not to mention the many businesses they've been involved with. It's also interesting that they seemed to have a "curse" following them; suicides, mysterious deaths and family estrangements.Very interesting!

    5. In depth history of Chicago and the power families that made the city what it is. Features the Marshall Field family through the fifth generation.

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