Weekly Reads

Weekly Reads: Henry Flagler: The Astonishing Life and Times of the Visionary Robber Baron Who Founded Florida

Henry Flagler: The Astonishing Life and Times of the Visionary Robber Baron Who Founded Florida, by David Leon Chandler, is a very entertaining read.

51wwgcnkuwl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Information about the book: Despite his staggering accomplishments, Henry Flagler has been overlooked by history. The credit for rediscovering him goes largely to Edward T. Chase and G.F. Robert Hanke, Flagler’s great grandson and vice president of the Flagler Museum. Sometime in the late 1970s they began talking about the possibility of a Flagler biography. Out of those conversations grew the momentum for this book, only the second biography to be published on Flagler in the 115 years since he joined John Rockefeller to start America’s first industrial giant, the Standard Oil Company.

What I like most about it is that Chandler also acknowledges Flagler’s human side and muses on his mistakes and whether or not he may have regretted some things in his life. In my humble opinion, Flagler wasn’t a great man; he was just an excellent businessman who wanted to make a lot of money and seized opportunity where he saw it.

Ask for it at your local library!

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