J. Irwin Miller: The Shaping of an American Town

J. Irwin Miller: The Shaping of an American Town

by Nancy Kriplen
J. Irwin Miller: The Shaping of an American Town

J. Irwin Miller: The Shaping of an American Town

by Nancy Kriplen


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J. Irwin Miller:The Shaping of An American Town tells the life story of this remarkable man who led Cummins Engine Company from its roots as a small, family business to an international Fortune 500 company and transformed Columbus, Indiana, into a gem of midcentury modern architecture. As president and then chairman of Cummins, Miller emphasized a corporation's responsibility to the community in which it was located and its other stakeholders. Miller's commitment to Columbus architecture inspired such legends as I. M. Pei, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche, and others to contribute their designs to what has become one of the most artistically revolutionary towns in the country. Columbus's unique public art and architecture continue to inspire young architects and attract visitors from around the world. Miller has also played a significant role in the American civil rights movement, securing cosponsorship for the March on Washington and working with presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to help pass the Civil Rights Act. Martin Luther King Jr., once called Miller "the most socially responsible businessman in the country."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253043818
Publisher: Indiana University Press (Ips)
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nancy Kriplen is the author of Dwight Davis: The Man and The Cup and The Eccentric Billionaire: John D. MacArthur—Empire Builder, Reluctant Philanthropist, Relentless Adversary. She worked on the editorial staffs of Time magazine and Scripps-Howard's Indianapolis Times, and her freelance articles have appeared in the New York Times, Smithsonian, Bloomberg.com, Discover, and other publications

Table of Contents

J. Irwin Miller Family Tree

1. Lady Bird
2. Joseph
3. Muskoka
4. Irwin
5. Clessie
6. Eliel & Eero
7. Xenia
8. Home
9. Harry
11. Farewells
12. Kiss
13. Mandela
14. Bach
15. a.k.a Pop
16. Afterglow


What People are Saying About This

Deborah Berke

Alternately inspiring and elegiac, Nancy Kriplen's engaging biography of J. Irwin Miller captures his remarkable life and legacy as an industrialist, philanthropist, patron of the arts, university trustee, faith leader, and master builder. The engineering and manufacturing company he ran and the town he shaped are the two most visible pieces of his legacy, but they represent only a fraction of his contribution to 20th century America.

Clay Risen

J. Irwin Miller was more than a titan of American industry — he provided the business world with a vision for how to be about more than the bottom line, how to improve not just profits, but their communities. Nancy Kriplen has written the biography that Miller deserves, a richly detailed account of his life and times.

Paul Goldberger

J. Irwin Miller was an accomplished businessman, a committed religious leader, an impassioned arts advocate, a talented amateur musician and a respected civic leader, not to mention one of the greatest patrons of architecture of modern times. But what really made him one of the noblest Americans of our age was that he accomplished all that he did with consistent modesty, decency, fairness and respect, qualities that are in short supply in public life today. Nancy Kripen has now told the story of his life, and for me this book not only led me to admire Miller all the more, but also to hope that reading about his life might help us to restore the tolerance and reason that he believed were vital to civilized community.

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