The Associates

The Associates

Four Capitalists Who Created California

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WW Norton
A true-life tale of ruthless ambition, staggering greed, and the making of a nation.

Baker & Taylor
Documents how four middle-class merchants in the mid-nineteenth-century rose to wealth and power by investing in the transcontinental railroad and engaging in ruthless activities in order to retain their influence throughout California.

Norton Pub
A true-life tale of ruthless ambition, staggering greed, and the making of a nation.
One hundred forty years ago, four men rose from their position as middle-class merchants in Sacramento, California, to become the force behind the transcontinental railroad. In the course of doing so, they became wealthy beyond any measure––and to sustain their power, they lied, bribed, wheedled, and, when necessary, arranged for obstacles, both human and legal, to disappear. Their names were Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopkins, and they were known as “The Big Four” or “The Associates.” Their drive for money––nothing more, nothing less––was epic. Their legacy is a university, public gardens, museums, mansions, banks, and libraries––and to a large degree California itself, a state that even today owes its aura of “can-do” and limitless possibilities to The Associates.

Book News
Rayner chronicles the story of four men, middle-class shopkeepers and aspiring politicians, who decided 140 years ago to undertake a huge gamble to create a railroad that would link the eastern and western coasts of the United States. Altruism was never a motive for Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, or Mark Hopkins. The author goes behind the scenes to illuminate the epic efforts those four men undertook to amass vast amounts of personal wealth. The book combines the story of American urban expansion and the story of the overwhelming greed and ambition of the four men largely credited, to a large degree, with the creation of California. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
One hundred forty years ago, four men rose from their position as middle-class merchants in Sacramento, California, to become the force behind the transcontinental railroad. In the course of doing so, they became wealthy beyond any measure––and to sustain their power, they lied, bribed, wheedled, and, when necessary, arranged for obstacles, both human and legal, to disappear. Their names were Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopkins, and they were known as “The Big Four” or “The Associates.” Their drive for money––nothing more, nothing less––was epic. Their legacy is a university, public gardens, museums, mansions, banks, and libraries––and to a large degree California itself, a state that even today owes its aura of “can-do” and limitless possibilities to The Associates.

Publisher: New York : Atlas & Co. : W. W. Norton, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393059137
0393059138
Characteristics: 223 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.

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