Charles R. Crane: The Man Who Bet on People [NOOK Book]

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Heir to a Chicago plumbing company fortune, he lived a life so adventurous that he was the prototype for characters in at least three thrillers. Seldom seen on the public stage, he changed the course of history: once when he intervened with his friend Woodrow Wilson on behalf of another friend, Thomas G. Masaryk, to create a new nation, Czechoslovakia, and again when he sent a geologist to his friend Ibn Saud to prospect the Arabian sands for oil. Mostly, though, he was a man who used his money to help those in ...
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Charles R. Crane: The Man Who Bet on People

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Overview

Heir to a Chicago plumbing company fortune, he lived a life so adventurous that he was the prototype for characters in at least three thrillers. Seldom seen on the public stage, he changed the course of history: once when he intervened with his friend Woodrow Wilson on behalf of another friend, Thomas G. Masaryk, to create a new nation, Czechoslovakia, and again when he sent a geologist to his friend Ibn Saud to prospect the Arabian sands for oil. Mostly, though, he was a man who used his money to help those in whom he believed. Wherever he was, in Bokhara or Baghdad, in the deserts or in the cities, Charles R. Crane carried with him a little black notebook. He would jot down the name of someone whose dream had impressed him â?" an artist, a would-be statesman, a rescuer of children trapped in Russia´s Civil War, an explorer â?" and an unexpected check would arrive weeks or months later to help that dream toward reality. In his later years Crane created a foundation, the Institute of Current World Affairs, which for seventy-five years has been carrying on his work of helping promising individuals to make the most of what is in them.

Today, when fortunes of record size are being made in record numbers, Crane´s story tells us how one man of vision used his wealth to help make real the visions of others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477178812
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/25/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 658 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1 Russia: The Early Years 13
2 The Chicago Years 25
3 China 1909: The Aborted Ministry 29
4 In the Balkans 34
5 Progressive Politics: La Follette and Wilson 41
6 Witness to Revolution 46
7 All Well on The Western Front 53
8 The King-Crane Commission 56
9 China at Last 63
10 For Freedom of the Cable News 66
11 Across Siberia 70
12 Search in Arabia 74
13 Adventures in Publishing 85
14 The Two Foundations 89
15 The Last Years 97
16 Goodbye, Mr. Crane 100
Appendix 1 On the Transsiberian 1921 105
Appendix 2 Flying to Baghdad 1929 171
Appendix 3 In Iraq 1929 178
Appendix 4 Desert Adventure 1929 197
Appendix 5 Slow Mail to Muscat 1929 203
Appendix 6 Days with IBN Saud 1931 218
Sources 244
Index 246
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