POWER: Death of an Era

"I have ceased," said Samuel Insull one June day in 1932, "to be newspaper copy." That was the morning when with his fabulous utility empire collapsing around him, Sam Insull was taking leave of the last of the 150-odd companies over which he had long been lord and master. As a news-prophet, Mr. Insull was far from right. His fantastic flight through Europe, his year's fugitive exile in Greece, his enforced return to the U. S., his sensational criminal trials in Chicago made many a front-page piece of newspaper copy for many a day. But on that morning in 1932...

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