Great White Fathers: The Story of the Obsessive Quest to Create Mount Rushmore

Great White Fathers: The Story of the Obsessive Quest to Create Mount Rushmore

by John Taliaferro
     
 

ISBN-10: 158648205X

ISBN-13: 9781586482053

Pub. Date: 01/08/2004

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, had an Ahab-like obsession with Colossalism-a scale that matched his ego and the era. He learned how to be a celebrity from Auguste Rodin, how to be a political bully from Teddy Roosevelt. He ran with the Ku Klux Klan and mingled with the rich and famous from Wall Street to Washington, many of whom…  See more details below

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Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, had an Ahab-like obsession with Colossalism-a scale that matched his ego and the era. He learned how to be a celebrity from Auguste Rodin, how to be a political bully from Teddy Roosevelt. He ran with the Ku Klux Klan and mingled with the rich and famous from Wall Street to Washington, many of whom became his clients and/or subjects. Mount Rushmore was to be his crowning achievement, the newest wonder of the world. But what began as a personal dream had to be bailed out by the federal government, a compromise that nearly drove Borglum mad. Nor could Borglum control how his masterpiece would be received. Or its controversial impact on the remote Black Hills of South Dakota. Great White Fathers proves that the best American stories are not simple; they are complex and contradictory, at times humorous, at other times tragic. This is the history of public monuments from ancient times to modern, and of the evolution of an icon. It is at once the biography of a man and the biography of a place, told through travelogue, interviews, and exhaustive investigation of the unusual records that one odd American visionary left behind.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586482053
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
01/08/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
1,072,589
Product dimensions:
1.06(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Hiding in Plain Sight1
1American Horse5
2The Thieves Road23
3Garden of the Gods47
4Great Man65
5Art for America87
6Insurgent Among Insurgents117
7Size Matters147
8A Rock and a Hard Place185
9Cliff Notes219
10Worthy of Immortality249
11Sorry Old Warrior293
12Expedient Exaggeration319
13Doksa Black Hills347
14Presidents View381
Acknowledgments and Bibliographical Notes417
Index441

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