Flagler, Rockefeller Partner and Florida Baron

Edward N. Akin, Author Kent State University Press $0 (305p) ISBN 978-0-87338-348-6
Akin, who teaches at Mississippi College, here presents a study of Henry M. Flager (1830-1913), an entrepreneur who had two significant careers. He was associated with John D. Rockefeller during the formation of Standard Oil; Flagler was instrumental in securing preferential railroad rates important in building Standard's near-monopoly. Akin is objective in dealing with this period, raising the question of what untrammeled competition might have meant to the oil industry. In the 1880s, Flagler became interested in Florida and over the next decades was responsible for developing St. Augustine and turning Palm Beach, Miami and Key West into tourist resorts. Scholarly and plodding, this portrait is not likely to interest general readers. Illustrations not seen by PW. (January)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
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