America's Medicis by Suzanne Loebl
The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy

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Organizationally, the book proceeds more by topics and subtopics than by thematic development, leaving the narrative at times somewhat dry. Still, this is an illuminating and impressive portrait of the Rockefellers' vast cultural legacy, and it is perhaps simply the case that the family's gifts are too great to be easily assessed.
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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.
 

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Suzanne Loebl is the author of fourteen books, most recently America's Art Museums. She lives in Brooklyn.
 
Published November 16, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 448 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jonathan Lopez on Nov 20 2010

Organizationally, the book proceeds more by topics and subtopics than by thematic development, leaving the narrative at times somewhat dry. Still, this is an illuminating and impressive portrait of the Rockefellers' vast cultural legacy, and it is perhaps simply the case that the family's gifts are too great to be easily assessed.

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