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March 5, 2008

News & Opinion: Robber Baron

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:45 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture


The new biography, Robber Baron, is about the streetcar magnet, Charles Tyson Yerkes, who was instrumental in Chicago's Loop Elevated and the London Underground. Check out the life of one of the most interesting entrepreneur's of the nineteenth century in this new book. It was put out earlier this year and promises to by quite a read! Personally, I always think by going forward in life and business, we do need to look back on occasion to get perspective and insight from those who have led the way before us. The life of Mr. Yerkes is a great one and well worth some attention paid to him.
Here's what was said about the book by John Franch so far:
"A superb biography: The research is thorough, the prose is clear, the narrative is compelling and the judgments are fair." - Wall Street Journal
"Robber Brown is a welcome addition to the surprisingly small shelf of full-length biographies of Chicago's storied entrepreneurs and can be read for profit by anyone intrigues by one of the most notorious of the men to have built the material foundations on which the city's prosperity has come to rest." - Chicago Tribune

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.