by David Rockefeller
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Memoirs 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
durosas More than 1 year ago
I didn't go into this book with high expectations. I left it impressed. Rockefeller provides us with a front row seat to his life in vivid detail walking us through both the monumental moments in his life that formed who he would be as a man, a leader and an entrepreneur but also the relevant behind-the-scenes view into the life and family whose name is as synonymous with wealth as Michael Jordan is to basketball around the world. This was not an entreaty to his greatness but a humble, clear and engaging review of his life in words. It is sometimes hard to remove yourself from the events but Rockefeller accomplishes this with surprising ease and deftness while also providing the reader with as objective a thought surrounding those he interacted with as well as his own actions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a historian I am always looking for new secondary (and primary) resources, and I found an excellent one in Memoirs. David Rockefeller offers an account of life as he knew it during a pivitol time in history. His experiences are made real, but he does not attempt to create a picture of himself as a piece of American Royalty. Rather, he was an American a man who experienced much by the opportunity that was available to him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the sound summery of the events of the 20th century, from the ultimate American prospective. It is not self-diaries as it may sound. He neither describes deep feelings, emotions, sentiments, nor go graphic, patriotic, proud, nor even try to pull your feet to stand in his boots in any fashion. He just recorded what happened in the manners that a clerk of the circuit court, or a military operations records keeper would write what occurred. It is not coming out as a dry textbook though. The visual observations of events and dialogues can help you vision the events and the meetings that he had with people around the world, as if you're watching a good movie. I can tell that some of the lines took long hard work to refine, in an extreme attempt to be 'politically correct' as much as possible. I can even sense that some of the events were not completely identified, due to confidentiality of the event, or critical details that may affect current events, or shed some light on current economic puzzles that have no answers yet. No doubt that the inquiries that rise, regarding the details and the side events, can have David Rockefeller write many other books. However, I feel that these books, if ever written, would never come out to light today, or even a few decades from now. His nature as a previous member of the clandestine, his power grip on his businesses, and his strait forward approach in his memoirs, can help you read the book from start to end, almost non stop. However, you shall end up with more questions than you have started.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One might be tempted to think that David Rockefeller is just a little rich kid who did things in life solely because of his grandfather's money. His memoirs reveal that to be absolutely false. Mr. Rockefeller is very much a fascinating man in his own right, an excellent and gutsy manager, a fighter within a family of outsize egos, a philanthropist who really understands what he is doing. Although his memoirs reveal something of a distant man, they are uniformly fascinating and make for compelling reading.