By Jiesi Zhao, Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar

MythIn a National Review article, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Thomas Sowell, recommended The Myth of the Robber Barons as one of the great books to buy this year for those on your shopping list. Sowell writes that this book answers his question of “Just whom did the robber barons rob?”

The book, written by Young America’s Foundation’s speaker and professor at Hillsdale College, Burton Folsom Jr., traces the lives and key role of entrepreneurs like John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Mellon in big business from 1850 to 1910. It’s a must-read for history buffs or anyone interested in learning about the truth of how America became an economic superpower in the world.

The Myth of the Robber Barons is also featured as one of Young America’s Foundation’s Recommended Readings.

You may purchase copies of the book online.

To get even more out of the “robber baron” experience, you can also invite Burt Folsom to speak on campus. Check out his speaker page! Please contact Patrick X. Coyle at or 1.800.USA.1776 for more information about bringing Folsom to your campus! 

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