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"It is no wonder... that when Rosenwald died in 1932, W.E.B. DuBois declared, 'He was a great man. But he was no mere philanthropist. He was, rather, the subtle stinging critic of our racial democracy.'... Set against the virtual absence of black education in the rural South beforehand, his [Rosenwald's] schools qualified as revolutionary.... Rosenwald established a standard of enlightenment, impact and common sense." —Moment
"Ascoli's work will stand as the definitive biography of Juiius Rosenwald for a long time to come." —David Blanke, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 2008
"In Julius Rosenwald... his grandson Peter Max Ascoli has done well in searching out the scattered sources that previous biographers have neglected. In particular, we now have a much clearer understanding of Rosenwald's relations with contemporary social reformers like Jane Addams." —Chronicle Review
"As Ascoli shows in this... thorough biography, Rosenwald was a compelling figure, a mensch who followed his principles, mixing good business with good social justice." —The Forward
"This book is a great start in giving Rosenwald the attention he deserves." —Library Journal
I warmly recommend it.
Meticulously researched and well written, the book's judgments about personalities are well-grounded and its handling of complex topics masterful.
This book is an in depth and intriguing study of the businessman and philanthropist, Julius Rosenwald (JR), and the early twentieth century.
a detailed and powerful biography of a great man whose good deeds are not well known. an entrepreneur turned philanthropist who invested in education of the black population in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ruth W. Messinger
Interesting insight into the making of a department store - I know, sounds weird, but being a retail diva gives you a very different behind the scenes look.Published 8 months ago by L. Hicks
Here is a man everyone should know about. He did amazing good for many, many people. The author gave a rounded picture of Mr. Rosenwald, warts and all, but the facts are clear. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dorothy Johnson
How provocative Rosenwald's ideas still are. He seems to have invented modern philanthropy. His emphasis on challenge grants and his focus on social impact remind me very much of... Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by Gary T. Johnson
On page 74, this book states, ...[Sears] now sold prefabricated houses...Each piece of the house was clearly marked...The Sears houses... Read morePublished on January 19, 2007 by Rosemary F. Thornton