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Great Fortune : The Epic of Rockefeller Center

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In this hugely appealing book, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, acclaimed author and journalist Daniel Okrent weaves together themes of money, politics, art, architecture, business, and society to tell the story of the majestic suite of buildings that came to dominate the heart of midtown Manhattan and with it, for a time, the heart of the world. At the center of Okrent's riveting story are four remarkable individuals?tycoon John D. Rockefeller, his ambitious son Nelson Rockefeller, real estate genius John R. Todd, and visionary skyscraper architect Raymond Hood. In the tradition of David McCullough's The Great Bridge, Ron Chernow's Titan, and Robert Caro's The Power Broker, Great Fortune is a stunning tribute to an American landmark that captures the heart and spirit of New York at its apotheosis.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 22mm | 662.26g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0142001775
  • 9780142001776
  • 554,792

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Puckish good humor and elegant prose. ("The Wall Street Journal")
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About Daniel Okrent

Daniel Okrent is a prizewinning journalist, author, and television commentator. For many years he was a senior editorial executive at Time Inc. In 2003 he was appointed the first Public Editor of the New York Times.
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Table of contents

A Note to the Reader

Prologue: May 21, 1928 and September 30, 1939



The Heart of This Great City



A Commonplace Person



These Properties Will Be Greatly Increased in Value



I Chose the Latter Course



Architecture Never Lies



Tears of Joy to a Small Business Man



I Like Having a Lot of People Against Me



A Genius



A Hundred Lawsuits



Let Owen Young Do It



Who Designed Rockefeller Center?



Wondering Where I'm Going to Get the Money



Our Architects Deserve to Remain in Chains



Desperate for Business



Give 'Em Something Better



Ruthlessness Was Just Another Word for Good Business



All the Finns in Helsingfors



What Do You Paint, When You Paint on a Wall?



I Was Not Interested in Sitting and Listening



Visitors Give Him Dollars



The Snake Changing Its Skin



The Kingdom of the World



The Demand is Almost Unbelievable



Epilogue: 1948-2003

Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Illustration Credits
Index
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217 ratings
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