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"Growing up Guggenheim is a tour de force, an enthralling story told with a directness that combines candor, humor, insight and reflection. Peter Lawson-Johnston has proven the brilliant shrewdness that led Harry Guggenheim to pick him, an unheralded cousin, to lead a new generation of an extraordinary family. The author's talent has ennobled the entire clan Guggenheim and has enriched the worlds of art and business with an entrepreneurial energy and commitment that presents a magnificent challenge to those who succeed to his responsibilities." - William J. vanden Heuvel, former U.S. Ambassador, European Office of the United Nations

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Peter Lawson-Johnston, a member of the Guggenheim family's fifth generation, has overseen the family's major business, philanthropic, and arts enterprises since 1969, when he was named president of the board of trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Lawson-Johnston is president of the board of the university's art museum. He is also the former president of the board of trustees of The Lawrenceville School, and he currently serves on the board of National Review. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Growing up Guggenheim: A Personal History of a Family Enterprise 12 Aug. 2006
By Alan Garten - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful tell all story about one of the most prestigious families in the United States told by a Guggenheim descendant who has been at the helm of the family empire for several decades. It is a historical biography of his family. The chapters on the Guggenheim Museum provide tremendous insight into the creation of the world wide Guggenheim Museum franchise. I enjoyed the chapter on Peggy Guggenheim the most. One learns how she dropped out of the family mainstream to amass a priceless art fortune in Venice Italy which she ultimately bequeathed to the Guggenheim Foundation. I highly recommend this book.
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An insider's view of a family museum-building achievement 26 April 2006
By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The author is a Guggenheim himself and the board president who saw the museum changed from a local New York institution to a world-wide art venture: his background lends an insider's eye and appreciation to GROWING UP GUGGENHEIM: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF A FAMILY ENTERPRISE. His accounts of his grandfather Solomon Guggenheim begins with the museum's founder's achievements and family interactions and tells stories of the institution's evolution within and outside the family. His memoirs of personalities over the decades, controversies which affected its efforts to expand, and the author's own career makes for a colorful series of vignettes which come packed with business financials, insights, and art history. A 'must' for any who would understand the Guggenheim enterprise.
Growing Up Guggenheim: A Personal History of a Family Enterprise What makes 21 Oct. 2011
By jay walton - Published on Amazon.com
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An account of a life of privilege rendered with humility and honesty that leaves the reader wanting to meet the author.
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AT LAST---AN HONEST MEMOIR! 19 Aug. 2008
By Benjamin C. Patt - Published on Amazon.com
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PETER LAWSON-JOHNSON HAS CRAFTED A VERY MEMORABLE MEMOIR, WHICH CAN BE ENJOYED BY ART (AND NON-)PATRONS ALIKE WITH EXAMPLES OF SOME WONDERFUL GUGGENHEIM WORKS WITHIN ITS PAGES.....WHAT A TREAT!
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