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| This well-written entry in the Profiles series gives
the goodsand sometimes dishes the dirton nine of the world's
most well known benefactors of humanity. . . . Accompanied by ample photographs,
the biographies are easy to read and are full of interesting background
information and facts, such as how George Eastman came up with the
name Kodak and how Kellogg revolutionized breakfast with the invention
of cornflakes. However, not all those profiled here acted out of love for
humanity, and some were less than likable characters. Cecil Rhodes,
a supporter of British world domination and an early proponent of what became
known as apartheid, probably would not have qualified for the prestigious
scholarship that bears his name; John and Catherine MacArthur
created their generous and humanistic foundation only when faced with huge
tax penalties. But learning how these individuals came to their wealth,
and how they decided to disburse it, is fascinating, as is the history of
the prizes and awards that bear their names today.
A good source for information about the philanthropic habits of these
Also profiles Alfred Nobel, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and Julius Rosenwald.