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Philanthropists and Their Legacies
Carol G. Traub ©1997
foreword by Richard A. Bloch of H&R Block, Inc.

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  • 160 pages
  • More than 60 black-and-white photos and maps
  • Reinforced library binding
  • 6" x 9"
  • List of the 25 largest U.S. foundations
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Grades 5 and up
  • ISBN: 978-1-881508-42-7
  • $19.95







“This well-written entry in the Profiles series gives the goods—and sometimes dishes the dirt—on 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 individuals.”
School Library Journal

Also profiles Alfred Nobel, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and Julius Rosenwald.