Search Results: "David Rockefeller"


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DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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MEMOIRS by David Rockefeller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2002

"A memoir, rich as a Rockefeller, that should fire up historians, pundits, and commentators: every page raises unanswered questions about a remarkable life. (Photo insert, not seen)"
Mild-mannered plutocrat recalls some excellent adventures in a temperate, often candid text. Read full book review >

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BEING A ROCKEFELLER, BECOMING MYSELF by Eileen Rockefeller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2013

"Raw and honest but weighed down by a focus on old hurts and self-absorption."
A mostly revealing look at the personal and professional life of the great-granddaughter of American industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A readable popular history told largely through the actions of swashbuckling tycoons."
A biography of two unlikely oilmen from outside the United States who broke the global domination of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company. Read full book review >

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ABBY ALDRICH ROCKEFELLER by Bernice Kert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A splendidly intelligent, very readable portrait of a woman who was as wise in the rearing of her family as in the spending of her great wealth. (Forty b&w photos—not seen)"
Well-wrought life of the woman who was not only—in the words of a New York Times editorial published on the occasion of her death, in 1948 at age 73—``the spirit that held [the Rockefellers] together'' but whose role in the handling of the family wealth was ``a fortunate thing for society, for this country, and for the world.'' Kert (The Hemingway Women, 1983), despite all her exhaustive research, happily lets her subject retain all of her formidable vitality and independence—characteristics that her husband, the psychologically repressed and romantic loner John D. Rockefeller, Jr., both admired and occasionally sought to curtail. Read full book review >

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Released: June 8, 1959

"Sometimes repetitious but always readable, this study of one of America's great families is peculiarly timely in view of Nelson's political importance; the book should have a nation-wide appeal and find readers political and non-political, intelligent readers interested in good biography and the social applications of wealth."
Three members of the Rockefeller family steal the show in this breezy volume: John D., founder of the Rockefeller fortune who, by penny-pinching, luck, financial brilliance, ruthlessness and Standard Oil, made himself in his prime, in 1913, worth nine hundred million dollars; his son John D. II, at 84 still known as "Junior," inheritor with his brothers of vast riches, part founder and chief administrator of the vast Rockefeller philanthropies, a shy, humorous man who has won the admiration of labor; his son Nelson, politician, philanthropist, sportsman, Governor of the State of New York and potential presidential candidate. Read full book review >

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DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

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DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

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THE SEARCH FOR MICHAEL ROCKEFELLER by Milt Machlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"This new edition also calls for some sort of update by the author."
With the recent controversy over alleged shenanigans in the Amazon jungle, readers might find this earlier investigation into anthropological intrigue worth revisiting. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A mediocre text comprised of tortured meter makes this no easier on readers than the forced plot, but the illustrations are full of humor in the exaggerated lines of cartoons, and in the homely details: hair curlers, puffy slippers, and Kate's omnipresent hair bow. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A nonsensical rhyming tale of an unusual Christmas adventure shows the persistence of a heartbroken little girl trying to rescue Redbird. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Rockefeller fortune has shaped the cultural institutions of this country. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
In this biographical stew, keeping the Abbys, Elsies, and Isabels straight demands a detailed menu and a hearty appetite for information about this American dynasty. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A reckoning not without interest, then, but one that celebrates and commemorates without illuminating its subject. (Twenty-four pages of illustrations—not seen.)"
In The Rockefeller Century (1988), Harr and Johnson paid lengthy if uncritical tribute to the philanthropies of three successive John D. Rockefellers. Read full book review >