The History of the Standard Oil Company in Cleveland Review of Books

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Adam Quinn of the Cleveland Review of Books tackles newly released Belt Revival, The History of the Standard Oil Company.

"The History of the Standard Oil Company speaks to the consolidation of corporate power, the abuse of this power in business and politics, and its impact on the public. However, more than any particular theme within the book itself, what feels the most resonant today is how the book speaks to the role of journalism in American society. In an era where the label of “fake news” is used to describe both phony clickbait and serious journalism that challenges those in power, The History of the Standard Oil Company is a sobering, even hopeful reminder of where investigative journalism came from, what impactful journalism looks like, and what kind of changes it can lead to."

Quinn goes into more details of the book, along with additional thoughts of how this book, originally published in 1904, is just as relevant today. Read the entire piece here.

 

 


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