John D. Rockefeller, usually seen as the quintessential capitalist for whom money was all, became, in later life, the quintessential philanthropist. How these two seemingly disparate sides were reconciled in one man and what molded his obsessive need to accumulate wealth and disperse it makes Titan (6 hours) both an intimate portrait of the man as terrifying tycoon, loving father, devout Baptist, and quirky eccentric and an in-depth look at American business at its most flamboyant. Narrated by George Plimpton, Ron Chernow's grandly scaled, minutely researched latest work is an instance of audio biography at its best.

Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.

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