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By Peter M. Ascoli

"This is the 1st severe biography of the exuberant guy who remodeled the Sears, Roebuck corporation into the country’s most crucial keep. He was once additionally one of many early twentieth century’s awesome philanthropists.... The richness of fundamental proof consistently delights." ―Judith Sealander, writer of non-public Wealth and Public Life

"[No] mere philanthropist [but a] sophisticated, stinging critic of our racial democracy." ―W. E. B. DuBois on Julius Rosenwald

In this richly revealing biography of an immense, yet little-known, American businessman and philanthropist, Peter Ascoli brings to existence a portrait of Julius Rosenwald, the fellow and his paintings. The son of first-generation German Jewish immigrants, Julius Rosenwald, identified to his neighbors as "JR," apprenticed for his uncles, who have been significant garments brands in big apple urban. it'd be as a men’s garments shop clerk that JR might make his fateful come across with Sears, Roebuck and corporate, which he ultimately formed into the best mail order enterprise on this planet. He additionally based Chicago’s Museum of technological know-how and undefined. And within the American South Rosenwald helped aid the construction of the greater than 5,300 faculties that bore his identify. but the charitable fund he created in the course of global struggle I went out of lifestyles in 1948 at his expressed want. Ascoli offers a desirable account of Rosenwald’s meteoric upward thrust in American company, yet he additionally portrays a guy dedicated to relations and with a wish to support his neighborhood that ended in a lifelong devotion to philanthropy. He tells approximately Rosenwald’s vital philanthropic actions, particularly these attached with the Rosenwald faculties and Booker T. Washington, and later during the Rosenwald Fund.

Ascoli’s account of Rosenwald is an inspiring tale of labor and luck, and of giving again to the state during which he prospered.

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