Great Fortune The Epic of Rockefeller Center

ISBN-10: 0142001775

ISBN-13: 9780142001776

Edition: N/A

Authors: Daniel Okrent

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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 Okrents riveting story are four remarkable individualstycoon 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 McCulloughs The Great Bridge, Ron Chernows Titan, and Robert Caros The Power Broker, Great Fortuneis a stunning tribute to an American landmark that captures the heart and spirit of New York at its apotheosis.
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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/30/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Daniel Okrent is an editor-at-large at TIME, INC., and has published four books, including the best-selling BASEBALL ANECDOTES and NINE INNINGS: THE ANATOMY OF A BASEBALL GAME. The author resides in New York City.

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
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