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America's Medicis: The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy

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From literary polymath Suzanne Loebl (the author of ten books, most recently the acclaimed America’s Art Museums) comes the captivating, first-of-its kind exploration into the philanthropic and cultural legacy of one of America’s wealthiest and most influential families: The Rockefellers. Fueled by John D. Rockefeller’s vast petroleum fortune, the entire family’s terrific ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Harper
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Jonathan Lopez
Nov 19, 2010 Jonathan Lopez rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-history, art
In the fanciful 1953 film "Bienvenido Mister Marshall," director Luis Berlanga envisioned America's aid to Spain as Santa Claus dropping bags of presents from a gleaming silver airplane. Within the realm of institutional arts funding, the Rockefeller family might be imagined along similar lines, showering untold bounty on the fields of culture. In 2005, for instance, David Rockefeller pledged $100 million to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the largest cash gift in the museum's history.

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Lauren Albert
Apr 01, 2011 Lauren Albert rated it really liked it
It is simply astounding how many major cultural projects the Rockefellers were either solely or greatly responsible for. Here's a partial list:

The Museum of Modern Art
The Asia Society
Lincoln Center
Colonial Williamsburg
The Cloisters

These don't include the other projects they were involved with such as the World Trade Center, Rockefeller Center, The United Nations (a Rockefeller donated the land for it).

They were (as a group) very broad minded in their interests founding or donating a large part
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Sandy
Sep 02, 2011 Sandy rated it did not like it
I'm so disappointed. With such a wealth of information available on a subject that has deeply affected many, if not most, Americans this reads like it would if I had researched it, jotting one fact each on an index card and then simply arranging them in date order.
Aimee
Jul 21, 2012 Aimee rated it it was amazing
this is a book that is for every new yorker, person interested in history, the history of america, and those interested in art. it changes your view on the story of new york and art history. simply fascinating!
Lynn Shurden
Feb 17, 2012 Lynn Shurden rated it liked it
More than I ever thought I could read about the cultural legacy the Rockefellers have left on the world. Not an "easy" read and would be an excellent resource for scholarly research.
PennsyLady (Bev)
Jan 26, 2016 PennsyLady (Bev) rated it really liked it
An extensive review of the Rockefeller family contributions to cultural development
in the USA
Katie Grishman
Sep 12, 2012 Katie Grishman rated it it was amazing
A great overview of the families contributions to American culture.
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