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Eccentric Billionaire: John D. MacArthur -- Empire Builder, Reluctant Philanthropist, Relentless Adversary
Nancy Kriplen (au)
The country’s second-richest man at the time of his death, John D. MacArthur (1897-1978) also became one of its great benefactors. Every year, two dozen American writers, artists, intellectuals, and scientists receive as much as a half million dollars in grants as the “genius awards” from the MacArthur Foundation. But MacArthur was not the benevolent figure he would seem. Now, in this first full biography of MacArthur as he really was, Kriplen reveals the man behind the myth -- the often vulgar, sometimes unethical, always ambitious rogue who would become one of America’s wealthiest men. The author also explores his relationships with his brother, the playwright Charles MacArthur, and sister-in-law, the actress Helen Hayes. Photos.
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