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The Eccentric Billionaire: John D. MacArthur -- Empire Builder, Reluctant Philanthropist, Relentless Adversary

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He was hated, feared, and admired. The country's second-richest man at the time of his death, John D. MacArthur (1897-1978) also became one of its great benefactors. Every year, some two dozen American writers, artists, intellectuals, and scientists receive as much as a half million dollars in grants known as the "genius awards" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by AMACOM/American Management Association
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Mike
Feb 11, 2014 Mike rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
Interested in learning a bit more about the people behind the "John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation" I picked up this book at the library. So now I know a bit more than their names but nothing of real import. What little record there is of his business dealings leads me to believe that John D. was more crook than saint.
Sandy
Jun 09, 2008 Sandy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in Eccentric Characters in the 20th century
Shelves: bios-memoirs
Interesting book about the stubborn & recalcitrant man behind the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. MacArthur was, essentially, the person who started the insurance industry in America and who is, unequivocally, the individual personafide as the quintessential "insurance or used car salesman/schiester (sp?)."
Kevin Kosar
Apr 22, 2012 Kevin Kosar rated it it was ok
John D. MacArthur was a weirdly but proudly penurious man. Despite his immense wealth, witnesses claim to have seen him pluck food from the trash and ask for food from a stranger’s plate...(read more)
MadelynKN N
Sep 18, 2008 MadelynKN N rated it it was amazing
Interesting, I had no idea who was behind the Genius Awards. I wonder what the MacArthur foundation thinks of having their patron's morally flexible history exposed?
Bill Donhiser
An interesting biography of probably one of the least known american ultra rich. Learned more about the man behind the foundation that is mentioned all the time on NPR and the MacArthur genius awards
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Quick and easy read, not as detailed as I would want, but perfect for a short plane ride.
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