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Taking on the Trust

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

Steve Weinberg


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“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.

Praise For Taking on the Trust: How Ida Tarbell Brought Down John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil

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

A story that ought to thrill any investigative reporter.
— Michael Kazin

The perfect marriage of author and subject.

— David Maraniss, author of They Marched Into Sunlight

Should be required reading in every newsroom in America.

— Kitty Kelley, author of The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393335514, 336pp.

Publication Date: August 10, 2009

About the Author

The author of six books, Steve Weinberg has been a longtime board member of the National Book Critics Circle and currently teaches investigative journalism at the University of Missouri Journalism School. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.