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A Genius for Money: Business, Art and the Morrisons Hardcover – January 24, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300112203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300112207
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,042,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Straightforwardly told . . . full of rich period detail.”—The Wall Street Journal
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About the Author

Caroline Dakers is professor of cultural history, Central Sain Martins, University of the Arts London. She is the author of The Holland Park Circle: Artists and Victorian Society and Clouds: Biography of a Country House, both published by Yale University Press. She lives in London.

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Incredibly enticing title but I couldn't even make it through the first five chapters. Clearly written for an English (vice American) audience, it is full of references to minor British historical events which will be mostly unfamiliar to Americans. The author is explicit in her introduction as to how she plans to tell the story and stays true to her word as she uses the contemporary fictional literature of Morrison (Dickens, etc.) throughout to illustrate points, conditions, and situations. Additionally, Dakers (the author) gives equal weight to Morrison's art collection and self-education (for culture). I was more interested in Morrison as a businessman, and Dakers does give some attention to his efforts, but the attention is lacking detail and non-fictional context. If you are interested in art and cultural history, you will most likely enjoy this. I seldom fail to finish a book, but just couldn't handle this one.

This is similar to Ron Chernow's treatment of Alexander Hamilton or George Washington in terms of referencing many minor historical events peculiar to the country. However, Chernow offers comprehensive perspective encompassing religious, economic, political, geographical, and historical aspects. This book pales in comparison to Chernow's momentous efforts.
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