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This is the rags-to-riches story of merchant and philanthropist Marshall Field, the founder of Marshall Field & Company, which at its peak was the largest department store in the world. Axel Madsen relates how Field, who was a contemporary of J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller, created a mammoth retail empire and started a dynasty that continues to this day.
AXEL MADSEN has written sixteen biographies, including The Deal Maker: How William C. Durant Made General Motors and John Jacob Astor: America's First Multimillionaire (both from Wiley). His other books include Chanel: A Woman of Her Own and Gloria and Joe: The Star-Crossed Love Affair of Gloria Swanson and Joe Kennedy. Madsen lives in Los Angeles.