Rogues' Gallery: The Secret Story of the Lust, Lies, Greed, and Betrayals that Made the Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Behind almost every painting is a fortune and behind that a sin or a crime.”
With these words as a starting point, Michael Gross, leading chronicler of the American rich, begins the first independent, unauthorized look at the saga of the nation’s greatest museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this endlessly entertaining follow-up to his bestselling social history 740
Oh, and PICTURES. Surprisingly for a book about a visual medium, there were no picture ...more
There are, frankly, too many damn people — I had a really hard time keeping track of who was who and what they were responsible for and what their relationships were to each other. Junior Rockefeller made the biggest impression, and seemed the sanest person ...more
But this time, this one, no. Could. Not. Finish. It wasn't so bad at first, reading how the Met was established, and all of the very rich people who donated its initial collections. A ...more
I am letting it go for now.
After this, I totally want to read up on J.P. Morgan and the Rockefellers. The stuff we hear about them now is such a caricature, I want the whole picture. I think their lives and works ought to be required reading, both as a warning about what not to do and for the positive works we can learn from, as well. I was struck by the fact that J.P. Morgan inherited a bunch of money and instead of lying arou ...more
I can understand the low ratings of other readers but I found it incredibly successful as a straight p ...more
And yet I'm disappointed with ROGUE'S GALLERY. Here's why: So many characters come and go I couldn't bond with any of them. I suspect this wasn't just because of the number of characters but because the characters are, for the most part, depicted unfavorably; so I got the strong feeling ...more
"The fortunes of old Europe fell into steep decline just as America emerged from depression in the 1880s and began making unprecedented sums of money in the new industries, railroads, banking, and trade, the era's equivalent of this century's Internet gold rush."
I have a feeling the information in this book could be turned into something really interesting and worth reading, but it hasn't happened here.
I am enjoying it so far, and plan to read Thomas Hoving's Making the Mummies Dance next.
As entertainment, this book was not much, and I understand the low ratings.