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Torn between two lives

Biography | The public success and private failings of Grover Cleveland, Part 1
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/06/19, 11:07 am

Editor’s note: Marvin Olasky continues his monthly biographical series on key individuals from late 19th and early 20th century American history. In February and March, we looked at the life of John D. Rockefeller. This month we present Part 1 on the life of Grover Cleveland.

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‘Who do you think we are, Vanderbilts?’

Biography | The story of plain and modest John D. Rockefeller, Part 2
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/02/19, 08:41 am

Last month, I wrote about the rise of John D. Rockefeller. In this concluding essay about his life we’ll see how he tried to move “from success to significance,” as the title of one popular business book puts it. That’s partly a misnomer, because Rockefeller’s success was significant in improving the lives of millions who used his oil in their lamps and eventually in their cars. But with great profits came great responsibility to use money discerningly—and tycoons seem to fail at that more than succeed.

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Rock around the clock

Biography | The story of work-around-the-clock John D. Rockefeller, Part 1
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/02/19, 08:42 am

Materialist historians see economic conditions as the main instigators of innovation, but the Bible emphasizes the significance of individuals. Judges, for example, is mostly a series of capsule biographies, not a chart of how many plows the Israelites had.

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