America's Medicis

America's Medicis

The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy

Book - 2010
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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 passion for the arts transformed the artistic infrastructure of twentieth century America. Funding museums like the MoMA, the Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the Oriental Art at the University of Chicago, and commissioning major architectural projects like Rockefeller Center, Riverside Church, and Lincoln Center, the Rockefellers' achievements forever changed the cultural landscape of the Western world. Loebl's penetrating biography is the first book to deeply explore the family's critical role as collectors and patrons of the arts.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061237225
Branch Call Number: 708.00922 R6824L 2010
Characteristics: xiv, 429 p., [16] of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Erudite and engaging, America's Medicis is a remarkable account of the twentieth-century American art world and the extraordinary family at its center.

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Mar 20, 2017

[Finally, on 3/20/2017, David Rockefeller has passed!]
Aaaahhhh, the // cultural legacy \\ of those Rockefellers! ! !
Now I would have cited how they prolonged World War II, and gotten many American soldiers killed, by smuggling oil to Hitler's Third Reich via Spain and Switzerland (please see congressional investigations of the 1940s).
Or, the first drive-by in America, at their Ludlow Massacre!
Or those 40,000 factories shipped off to Mexico thanks to the Rockefeller-supported NAFTA [which culminated from David Rockefeller's founding of the Council for the Americas).
Better to read Ferdinand Lundberg's book, The Rockefeller Syndrome, or David Hoffman's book, David, to get at the real truth behind their // cultural legacy \\.


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