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The Guggenheims A Family History A portrait of a great American dynasty and its legacy in business technology the arts and philanthropyMeyer Guggenheim a Swiss immigrant founded a great American business dynasty At their peak in

  • Title: The Guggenheims: A Family History
  • Author: Debi Unger Irwin Unger
  • ISBN: 9780060934002
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Guggenheims: A Family History By Debi Unger Irwin Unger, A portrait of a great American dynasty and its legacy in business, technology, the arts, and philanthropyMeyer Guggenheim, a Swiss immigrant, founded a great American business dynasty At their peak in the early twentieth century, the Guggenheims were reckoned among America s wealthiest, and the richest Jewish family in the world after the Rothschilds They belonged to OurA portrait of a great American dynasty and its legacy in business, technology, the arts, and philanthropyMeyer Guggenheim, a Swiss immigrant, founded a great American business dynasty At their peak in the early twentieth century, the Guggenheims were reckoned among America s wealthiest, and the richest Jewish family in the world after the Rothschilds They belonged to Our Crowd, that tight social circle of New York Jewish plutocrats, but unlike the others primarily merchants and financiers they made their money by extracting and refining copper, silver, lead, tin, and gold.The secret of their success, the patriarch believed, was their unity, and in the early years Meyer s seven sons, under the leadership of Daniel, worked as one to expand their growing mining and smelting empire Family solidarity eventually decayed along with their Jewish faith , but even damaging was the paucity of male heirs as Meyer and the original set of brothers passed from the scene.In the third generation, Harry Guggenheim, Daniel s son, took over leadership and made the family a force in aviation, publishing, and horse racing He desperately sought a successor but tragically failed and was forced to watch as the great Guggenheim business enterprise crumbled.Meanwhile, Guggenheim came to mean art than industry In the mid twentieth century, led by Meyer s son Solomon and Solomon s niece Peggy, the Guggenheims became the agents of modernism in the visual arts Peggy, in America during the war years, midwifed the school of abstract expressionism, which brought art leadership to New York City Solomon s museum has been innovative in spreading the riches of Western art around the world After the generation of Harry and Peggy, the family has continued to produce many accomplished members, such as publisher Roger Straus II and archaeologist Iris Love.In The Guggenheims, through meticulous research and absorbing prose, Irwin Unger, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize in history, and his wife, Debi Unger, convey a unique and remarkable story epic in its scope of one family s amazing rise to prominence.

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    1. Prior to reading this book I knew nothing about this family other than there was a museum in New York that was related to them in some manner As with most things I know little about it quickly became evident how big of a thing this family once was From New York, the West, Mexico, and Chile this family really left a legacy mining is rarely an activity that once it ceases disappears The book started very strongly and was a most captivating tale However as time went on the book like the family beca [...]

    2. A bit disappointing and in some parts boring For a long time I couldn t focus on it, and pushed it away than a few times I m a passionate fan of biography genre, but I couldn t stop thinking that it was a mistake to try to put so many characters in one book, because almost all of them lacked the depth, which I m sure was not the case in real life And I have to admit, buying the book in Venice Peggy Guggenheim museum book shop and not knowing a lot about the clan before reading the book, I ve ex [...]

    3. Wow, an exhaustingly thourough book on the family that aided in making this country what it is for good and evil.Typical biography of how this family rose to be one of the biggest richest families in this country This tells of the Mining and shipping that made them wealthy, and how it helped and hurt the people around them The book delves into the whole family from the Art lovers, to the politicians and philanderers.It s a big fat book, and will take sometime to read, some nice family pictures.

    4. I finally finished this colossal family history of the Guggenheims The book spanned years of Guggenheim history and a countless number of Guggenheims, many most Americans have never heard of I wished the book had a central focus on the relationships of the family but it seemed to lack the human emotional element Keeping the veil of the family s inner secrets On a side note I have never learned so much about the smelting and metal business Can t say I would recommend it to others.

    5. This was a surprisingly interesting book I purchased it because I felt that I should know about this family that was prominent in American history I knew nothing about them I learned alot about them reading this book Not only is there the basic information about where how when they made their money and how they became philathropists, but it also delves into the dynamic of the relationships between generations, fathers, son, mothers, daughters etc.

    6. Tells the story of how they got into the copper mining business and it s ups and downs, including family drama relating to who was in or out of the family business The pursuits of the later generations into the Arts and patronage are not the focus but receive some interesting coverage towards the book s end The most inspiring sections depict the persistence required to make progress against continuing peril and early losses.

    7. I can t say I finished itbut it did satisfy my craving for wanting to know about the Guggenheims They really were a self built family back at the turn of the century but as the children were born into wealth e book got fairly disappointing for me and may be why I still have not finished this book

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