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Yerkes' impact upon London was seismic and his legacy controversial. He made his fortune in the Chicago Street railways but his shady deals and turbulent private life led him to London seeking a new playground, having married his latest mistress, 40 years his junior. He undertook the electrification of the District Railway and constructed the tubes which developed into the Northern, Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines. He bought up London Tramways and built the biggest power station in the world at Lots Road, Chelsea. He overcame obstacles at a time when state involvement was minimal and revolutionised travel for Londoners, contesting another American tycoon, J.P. Morgan, evading Parliamentary scrutiny, and setting up syndicates as an early form of private equity. In the end, Yerkes' resources were drained by London's transport problems and when he died his affairs were in chaos.The events of his life formed the basis for the Theodore Dreiser novels, "The Financier", "The Titan" and "The Stoic", in which Yerkes was fictionalised as Frank Copperwood. The Yerkes crater on the moon is named in his honour.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752446226
ISBN-10: 0752446223
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Tim Sherwood

Transport author and enthusiast Tim Sherwood has previously written Motoring in Sussex and The Steamboat Revolution: London's First Steamships for Tempus Publishing. He lives in London.

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