Item 720 - Memoirs

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  • early 21st Century (created)

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Acquisition method: Gift ; Received from: David Rockefeller ; Date received: 29/22/2002 ; Received by: Buyi Sishuba ; Date accepted: 29/11/2002 ; Date documented: 26/06/2007 ; Documented by: Stephanie Nemcsok ; Datebase update: 26/06/2007

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From Publishers Weekly
As a military intelligence officer in World War II, Rockefeller learned his effectiveness depended on his "ability to develop a network of people with reliable information and influence." During his long life-he turned 87 this year-he's amassed a Rolodex of more than 1,000 contacts, and in this satisfying autobiography, he describes firsthand encounters with Pablo Picasso, Sigmund Freud, Fiorello La Guardia, oil sheikhs, Latin American strongmen and others. Critics might say Rockefeller's not too choosy about the company he keeps ; they claim he's "never met a dictator he didn't like." Indeed, he has been roundly criticized for the role he and Henry Kissinger played in persuading the Carter administration to allow the exiled shah of Iran into the U.S., an event widely believed to have sparked the hostage crisis. But this memoir is much more than a titillating account of wealth and international intrigue. Rockefeller also meticulously recounts the modernizing of Chase Bank, where he worked for 35 years, rising to become chairman and chief executive, finally giving the company-which merged with JP Morgan in 2001-a written history on a par with Ron Chernow's The House of Morgan. New York City also dominates here ; after Robert Moses, the Rockefeller clan has had the strongest hand in shaping the modern urban landscape, from Wall Street to midtown to Morningside Heights. Indispensable for anyone interested in financial and American history, Rockefeller's well-organized remembrances present a deeply fascinating, thorough look into the life of a living legend.

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Size: 24.9 cm x 17.2 cm x 5.8 cm
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David Rockefeller (Author)
Place published: New York, New York, United States
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0-679-40588-7
early 21st Century


A duplicate entry for this item existed as G1660[LIB]. That record has been deleted from the database.


Inscribed by author.

"For Nelson Mandela
Whose moral leadership
has been our inspiration
Throughout the world.

With admiration and

David Rockefeller"

paper, ink, adhesive, polyester

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