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On His Own Terms - A Life of Nelson Rockefeller

Richard Norton Smith

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE BOSTON GLOBE AND KIRKUS REVIEWS From acclaimed historian Richard Norton Smith comes the definitive life of an American icon: Nelson Rockefeller—one of the most complex and compelling figures of the twentieth century. Fourteen years in the making, this magisterial biography of the original Rockefeller Republican draws on thousands of newly available documents and over two hundred interviews, including Rockefeller's own unpublished reminiscences. Grandson of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, Nelson coveted the White House from childhood. "When you think of what I had," he once remarked, "what else was there to aspire to?" Before he was thirty he had helped his father develop Rockefeller Center and his mother establish the Museum of Modern Art. At thirty-two he was Franklin Roosevelt's wartime coordinator for Latin America. As New York's four-term governor he set national standards in education, the environment, and urban policy. The charismatic face of liberal Republicanism, Rockefeller championed civil rights and health insurance for all. Three times he sought the presidency—arguably in the wrong party. At the Republican National Convention in San Francisco in 1964, locked in an epic battle with Barry Goldwater, Rockefeller denounced extremist elements in the GOP, a moment that changed the party forever. But he could not wrest the nomination from the Arizona conservative, or from Richard Nixon four years later. In the end, he had to settle for two dispiriting years as vice president under Gerald Ford. In On His Own Terms, Richard Norton Smith re-creates Rockefeller's improbable rise to the governor's mansion, his politically disastrous divorce and remarriage, and his often surprising relationships with presidents and political leaders from FDR to Henry Kissinger. A frustrated architect turned master builder, an avid collector of art and an unabashed ladies' man, "Rocky" promoted fallout shelters and affordable housing with equal enthusiasm. From the deadly 19

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE BOSTON GLOBE AND KIRKUS REVIEWS From acclaimed historian Richard Norton Smith comes the definitive life of an American icon: Nelson Rockefeller—one of the most complex and compelling figures of the twentieth century. Fourteen years in the making, this magisterial biography of the original Rockefeller Republican draws on thousands of newly available documents and over two hundred interviews, including Rockefeller's own unpublished reminiscences. Grandson of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, Nelson coveted the White House from childhood. "When you think of what I had," he once remarked, "what else was there to aspire to?" Before he was thirty he had helped his father develop Rockefeller Center and his mother establish the Museum of Modern Art. At thirty-two he was Franklin Roosevelt's wartime coordinator for Latin America. As New York's four-term governor he set national standards in education, the environment, and urban policy. The charismatic face of liberal Republicanism, Rockefeller championed civil rights and health insurance for all. Three times he sought the presidency—arguably in the wrong party. At the Republican National Convention in San Francisco in 1964, locked in an epic battle with Barry Goldwater, Rockefeller denounced extremist elements in the GOP, a moment that changed the party forever. But he could not wrest the nomination from the Arizona conservative, or from Richard Nixon four years later. In the end, he had to settle for two dispiriting years as vice president under Gerald Ford. In On His Own Terms, Richard Norton Smith re-creates Rockefeller's improbable rise to the governor's mansion, his politically disastrous divorce and remarriage, and his often surprising relationships with presidents and political leaders from FDR to Henry Kissinger. A frustrated architect turned master builder, an avid collector of art and an unabashed ladies' man, "Rocky" promoted fallout shelters and affordable housing with equal enthusiasm. From the deadly 19
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE BOSTON GLOBE AND KIRKUS REVIEWS From acclaimed historian Richard Norton Smith comes the definitive life of an American icon: Nelson Rockefeller—one of the most complex and compelling figures of the twentieth century. Fourteen years in the making, this magisterial biography of the original Rockefeller Republican draws on thousands of newly available documents and over two hundred interviews, including Rockefeller's own unpublished reminiscences. Grandson of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, Nelson coveted the White House from childhood. "When you think of what I had," he once remarked, "what else was there to aspire to?" Before he was thirty he had helped his father develop Rockefeller Center and his mother establish the Museum of Modern Art. At thirty-two he was Franklin Roosevelt's wartime coordinator for Latin America. As New York's four-term governor he set national standards in education, the environment, and urban policy. The charismatic face of liberal Republicanism, Rockefeller championed civil rights and health insurance for all. Three times he sought the presidency—arguably in the wrong party. At the Republican National Convention in San Francisco in 1964, locked in an epic battle with Barry Goldwater, Rockefeller denounced extremist elements in the GOP, a moment that changed the party forever. But he could not wrest the nomination from the Arizona conservative, or from Richard Nixon four years later. In the end, he had to settle for two dispiriting years as vice president under Gerald Ford. In On His Own Terms, Richard Norton Smith re-creates Rockefeller's improbable rise to the governor's mansion, his politically disastrous divorce and remarriage, and his often surprising relationships with presidents and political leaders from FDR to Henry Kissinger. A frustrated architect turned master builder, an avid collector of art and an unabashed ladies' man, "Rocky" promoted fallout shelters and affordable housing with equal enthusiasm. From the deadly 19

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Michael

Length:

40h 57m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

00:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

00:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

00:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:57


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:26


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

00:17


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:37


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:19


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:51


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:35


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

00:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:04


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:32


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:55


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:22


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:30


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:20


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:38


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:54


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:05


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:55


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

00:56


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:51


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:00


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:06


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:57


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:58


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

01:26


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:17


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:51


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:32


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

00:39


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:00


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:21


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:36


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:38


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:33


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:08


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:58


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:23


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

00:21


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

00:37


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:20


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:54


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:26


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:21


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:00


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:21


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:07


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:26


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:25


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:01


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:39


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

00:21


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:36


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:08


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:21


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:55


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:02


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:04


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:43


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:46


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:22


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:14


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:15


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:03


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:53


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

00:18


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:35


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:17


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:09


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:25


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:55


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:18


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:34


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:28


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:50


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:20


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:56


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:02


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:12


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

00:17


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:40


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:54


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:41


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:49


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

08:01


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:09


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:59


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:22


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

07:27


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:36


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

08:12


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

00:16


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:03


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:26


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:34


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

01:56


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:02


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:09


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:26


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:33


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:14


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:33


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:15


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:41


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:00


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:41


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

06:45


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

00:14


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:58


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:44


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:10


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:55


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

06:03


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:46


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:28


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:57


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:22


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:34


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

06:42


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

07:38


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

05:23


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:09


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

06:54


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:24


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

00:18


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

00:13


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

01:12


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

05:15


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

05:56


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

03:21


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

05:21


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:31


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

03:28


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

06:05


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

04:48


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

05:36


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

04:59


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

05:09


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

06:22


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

06:40


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

06:04


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

02:46


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

05:31


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

03:39


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

05:10


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

04:48


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

00:32


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

06:27


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

04:34


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

05:45


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

06:20


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

05:58


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

04:30


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

03:52

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