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Odd Man In: Norton Simon and the Pursuit of Culture

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In 1931, at age 24, Norton Simon invested $7,000 in a bankrupt juice bottling plant. This investment grew into Hunt Foods, which soon ruled California's canned tomatoes empire. With a rare ability to transform laggard companies into highly profitable enterprises, Simon went on to amass a huge fortune. Then, in his late forties, he turned to art collecting and built one of ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published October 13th 1998 by University of California Press (first published September 13th 1998)
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Craig Flint
Feb 27, 2015 Craig Flint rated it really liked it
Amazing story of a self-made successful businessman turned art collector and driving force behind both the LACMA and Norton Simon museums.
Feb 21, 2011 Mhd rated it it was amazing
Ordered from the library after it was mentioned in an newspaper article. Excellent book: well written, lots of detail. Perhaps I enjoyed it so much because, growing up in the area, I remember all the newspaper articles about the Pasadena Museum, Simon, etc. It seems all the news articles were right!
Jun 30, 2015 Lindsey rated it liked it
Fascinating biography about a very complex and totally unique person. Also quite an interesting history of the development of the art museums in Los Angeles. A few distracting typos, but overall this an important book for anyone interested in museums, auctions, art or Los Angeles history.
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