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Klein, Maury 1939-

Works: 71 works in 252 publications in 4 languages and 17,926 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: TF25.U5, B
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Most widely held works by Maury Klein
Rainbow's end : the crash of 1929 by Maury Klein( Book )

27 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first major history of the Crash in over a decade, Rainbow's End tells the story of the stock market collapse in a colorful, swift-moving narrative that blends a vivid portrait of the 1920s with an intensely gripping account of Wall Street's greatest catastrophe." "The book offers a picture of a world full of plungers, powerful bankers, corporate titans, millionaire brokers, and buoyantly optimistic stock market bulls. We meet Sunshine Charley Mitchell, head of the National City Bank, powerful financiers Jack Morgan and Jacob Schiff, Wall Street manipulators such as the legendary Jesse Livermore, and the lavish-living Billy Durant, founder of General Motors. As Klein follows the careers of these men, he shows us how the financial house of cards gradually grew taller, as the irrational exuberance of an earlier age gripped America and convinced it that the market would continue to rise forever. Then, in October 1929, came a "perfect storm"--Like convergence of factors that shook Wall Street to its foundations. We relive Black Thursday, when police lined Wall Street, brokers grew hysterical, customers "bellowed like lunatics," and the ticker tape fell hours behind. This was followed by the even worse Bloody Tuesday, when an irrational desire to sell at any price gripped the market and even blue chip stocks plummeted precipitously."--Jacket
Days of defiance : Sumter, secession, and the coming of the Civil War by Maury Klein( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 1,254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book attempts to tell the story through the eyes of the original disputants, as they saw it at the time. It is not just about the Sumter crisis itself but about what it signified to that generation. It seeks to show what America was in 1860 and what it was becoming, and why certain forces drove her people into deadly and unavoidable conflict
The life and legend of Jay Gould by Maury Klein( Book )

7 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and held by 1,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clears up misconceptions about the legendary American businessman, explains why he became the most hated man in America, and assesses his influence on American business
The change makers : from Carnegie to Gates : how the great entrepreneurs transformed ideas into industries by Maury Klein( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Entrepreneurs, even more than inventors, are essential to American business. While inventors produce ideas, entrepreneurs get things done, build the markets, and make the ideas a reality. For over a century, we have lionized and demonized them: the robber barons, the industrial statesmen, the tech revolutionaries. But what creative talents do the legendary American entrepreneurs share, and what can you learn from them about business success?" "Maury Klein analyzes how innovators from Andrew Carnegie to Bill Gates triumphed over perennial challenges in planning and strategy, production, operations, staffing, and sales - and transformed entire industries. Klein reveals the artistry and archetype of successful entrepreneurialism, comparing the retailing acumen of J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart's Sam Walton, the organizational ingenuity of Standard Oil's John D. Rockefeller and Intel's Robert Noyce, the imaginative marketing of General Motors' Alfred Sloan and McDonald's Ray Kroc. He explores the products and the markets that inspired them, the rivalries and the mentorships that pushed them, and the talents and the tempers that fueled them, culminating in an insightful examination of the birth of American industry, the growth of the corporation, and the revival of entrepreneurialism at the beginning of the twenty-first century."--Jacket
A call to arms : mobilizing America for World War II by Maury Klein( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The colossal scale of World War II required a mobilization effort greater than anything attempted in all of the world's history. The United States had to fight a war across two oceans and three continents-and to do so it had to build and equip a military that was all but nonexistent before the war began. Never in the nation's history did it have to create, outfit, transport, and supply huge armies, navies, and air forces on so many distant and disparate fronts. The Axis powers might have fielded better trained soldiers, better weapons, better tanks and aircraft. But they could not match American productivity. America buried its enemies in aircraft, ships, tanks, and guns; in this sense, American industry, and American workers, won World War II. The scale of effort was titanic, and the result historic. Not only did it determine the outcome of the war, but it transformed the American economy and society. Maury Klein's A Call to Arms is the definitive narrative history of this epic struggle, told by one of America's greatest historians of business and economics, and renders the transformation of America with a depth and vividness never available before"--
Union Pacific by Maury Klein( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Union Pacific Railroad is renowned as America's first transcontinental railroad and is one of the strongest companies in the railroad industry today. The laying of the golden spike in Promontory, Utah, in 1869 marked not only the opening of the continent to settlement but also the transformation of the United States from an agricultural nation to an industrial one. Maury Klein, America's foremost railroad historian, re-creates the powerful personalities and dramatic events that led to the construction of this legendary railroad. Fully illustrated with over one hundred historic photographs and maps, Union Pacific details the feat of engineering and human strength that conquered the terrain of the desert and mountains and also the colorful wheelings and dealings that were waged in executive boardrooms in New York and Boston and in the chambers of Congress as dreamers and scoundrels, politicians and patriots forged a pioneering enterprise in transportation"--Page 4 of cover
The power makers : steam, electricity, and the men who invented modern America by Maury Klein( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dramatic story of the power revolution that turned America from an agrarian society into a technological superpower, and the dynamic, fiercelynbsp; competitive inventors and entrepreneurs who made it happena riveting historical saga to rival McCulloughsThe Great Bridgeor LarsonsThunderstruck. Maury Klein, author ofRainbows End: The Crash of 1929, is one of Americas most acclaimed historians of business and industry. InThe Power Makers, he offers an epic narrative of his greatest subject yetthe power revolution that transformed American life in the course of the nineteenth century. The steam engine, the incandescent bulb, the electric motorinventions such as these replaced backbreaking toil with machine labor and changed every aspect of daily life in the span of a few generations. The power revolution is not a tale of machines, however, but of men: inventors such as James Watt, Elihu Thomson, and Nikola Tesla; entrepreneurs such as George Westinghouse; savvy businessmen such as J.P. Morgan, Samuel Insull, and Charles Coffin of General Electric. Striding among them like a colossus is the figure of Thomas Edison, who was creative genius and business visionary at once. With consummate skill, Klein recreates their discoveries, their stunning triumphs and frequent failures, and their unceasing, tumultuous, and ferocious battles in the marketplace. In Kleins hands, their personalities and discoveries leap off the page. The Power Makersis a dazzling saga of inspired invention, dogged persistence, andnbsp; business competition at its most naked and cutthroat tale of America in its most astonishing decades
Prisoners of progress : American industrial cities, 1850-1920 by Maury Klein( Book )

7 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life & legend of E.H. Harriman by Maury Klein( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With its new insights into the myths and controversies that surround Harriman's career, this book reasserts his legacy as one of the great turn-of-the-century business titans."--Jacket
The flowering of the third America : the making of an organizational society, 1850-1920 by Maury Klein( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad by Maury Klein( Book )

9 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the Civil War, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad took the lead among southern railroads in developing rail systems and organizing transcontinental travel. Through two world wars, federal government control, internal crises, external dissension, the Depression, and the great Ohio River flood of 1937, the L & N Railroad remained one of the country's most efficient lines. It is a southern institution and a railroad buff's dream. When eminent railroad historian Maury Klein's definitive History of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad was first published in 1972, it quickly became one of th
The genesis of industrial America, 1870-1920 by Maury Klein( Book )

12 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers a bold new interpretation of American business history during the formative years 1870-1920, which mark the dawn of modern big business. It focuses on four major revolutions that ushered in this new era: those in power, transportation, communication, and organization. Using the metaphor of America as an economic hothouse uniquely suited to rapid economic growth during these years, it analyzes the interplay of key factors such as entrepreneurial talent, technology, land, natural resources, law, mass markets, and the rise of cities. It also delineates the process that laid the foundation for the modern era, in which virtually every human activity became a business, and, in most cases, a big business. The book also profiles numerous major entrepreneurs whose careers and activities illustrate broader trends and themes. It utilizes a wide variety of sources, including novels from the period, to produce a lively narrative
Unfinished business : the railroad in American life by Maury Klein( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an overview of railroad industry, essays on southern rail lines, entrepreneurs, and railroading today and in the future
Edward Porter Alexander by Maury Klein( Book )

7 editions published between 1965 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Of all the colorful and controversial figures who shaped the history of the Confederate States, few proved more versatile and paradoxical than Edward Porter Alexander, Longstreet's chief of artillery. A West Point graduate and professional soldier, he tempered his stern sense of discipline with a flair for eccentric clothes and unorthodox modes of command. Trained as an engineer, he won his greatest fame as an artillery officer. Famous for his scientific precision, he possessed a deep love of literature and was facile at turning out military history, scientific treatises, colorful stories for children, and maudlin poetry. In these and other respects Alexander embodied both the rich romanticism and the hard calculating mentality of the emerging technological age"--Fly leaf
Union Pacific : the reconfiguration : America's greatest railroad from 1969 to the present by Maury Klein( Book )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of the Union Pacific--the oldest, largest, and most successful railroad of modern times--fully up to date. The book follows the trajectory of an icon of the industrial age trying to negotiate its way in a post-railway world, plagued by setbacks such as labor disputes, aging infrastructure, government de-regulation, ill-fated mergers, and more. By 1969 the same company that a century earlier had triumphantly driven the golden spike into Promontory Summit--to immortalize the nation's first transcontinental railway--seemed a dinosaur destined for financial ruin. But as Klein shows, the Union Pacific not only survived but is once more thriving, which proves that railways remain critical to commerce and industry in America, even as passenger train travel has all but disappeared. Drawing on interviews with Union Pacific personnel past and present, Klein takes readers inside the great railroad--into its boardrooms and along its tracks--to show how the company adapted to the rapidly changing world of modern transportation. The book also offers fascinating portraits of the men who have run the railroad. The challenges they faced, and the strategies they developed to meet them, give readers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of one of America's great companies
The great Richmond terminal: a study in businessmen and business strategy by Maury Klein( Book )

7 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stealing games : how John McGraw transformed baseball with the 1911 New York Giants by Maury Klein( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The 1911 New York Giants stole an astonishing 347 bases, a record that still stands more than a century later. That alone makes them special in baseball history, but as Maury Klein relates in Stealing Games they also embodied a rapidly changing America on the cusp of a faster, more frenetic pace of life dominated by machines, technology, and urban culture,"
Union Pacific by Maury Klein( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The second volume in the history of the Union Pacific begins after the financial panic of 1893, one of the worst depressions Americans had yet experienced, which pushed the railroad into bankruptcy. Maury Klein examines the complex challenges faced by the Union Pacific in the new century--the expanding role of government and its restrictive regulations, the growth of labor unions, the devastating effects of two world wars, and the growing competition from new modes of transportation--and how, under the innovative and influential leadership of Edward H. Harriman, the Union Pacific again played the role of industrial pioneer. Union Pacific has remained one of the strongest railroads in the country, surviving the eras of government regulation and the corporate mergers of the past twenty-five years. Insightful, definitive in scope, rich in colorful anecdotes and superb characterizations, Union Pacific is a fascinating saga not only of a particular railroad but also about how that industry transformed America"--Page 4 of cover
Union Pacific by Maury Klein( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1894-1969 by Maury Klein( Book )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Rainbow's end : the crash of 1929
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Days of defiance : Sumter, secession, and the coming of the Civil WarThe life and legend of Jay GouldThe change makers : from Carnegie to Gates : how the great entrepreneurs transformed ideas into industriesUnion PacificThe power makers : steam, electricity, and the men who invented modern AmericaThe life & legend of E.H. HarrimanThe flowering of the third America : the making of an organizational society, 1850-1920History of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad