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The Eccentric Billionaire: John D. MacArthur -- Empire Builder, Reluctant Philanthropist, Relentless Adversary
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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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.
Jun 09, 2008 Sandy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in Eccentric Characters in the 20th century
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?)."