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From the bestselling biographer of Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman comes a multi-generational saga of one of America's wealthiest and most controversial families--the Annenbergs. From the bestselling biographer of Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman comes a multi-generational saga of one of America's wealthiest and most controversial families--the Annenbergs.


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From the bestselling biographer of Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman comes a multi-generational saga of one of America's wealthiest and most controversial families--the Annenbergs. From the bestselling biographer of Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman comes a multi-generational saga of one of America's wealthiest and most controversial families--the Annenbergs.

30 review for Legacy: A Biography of Moses and Walter Annenberg

  1. 4 out of 5

    Znarfbob

    I was originally looking just to read about Walter Annenberg, and was a bit put off that I had to first read about his father, Moses, but now I'm not sure which one led a more fascinating or challenging life. This whole quest began with a visit to Sunnylands last fall when I visited the museum and grounds. Now I need to plan a trip back to take the tour of the original house. Entertaining, educational, motivational and a bit controversial. Somewhat overlooked "heros" of the last century. I was originally looking just to read about Walter Annenberg, and was a bit put off that I had to first read about his father, Moses, but now I'm not sure which one led a more fascinating or challenging life. This whole quest began with a visit to Sunnylands last fall when I visited the museum and grounds. Now I need to plan a trip back to take the tour of the original house. Entertaining, educational, motivational and a bit controversial. Somewhat overlooked "heros" of the last century.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael Barrett

    Incredible story of an American family that came from poverty to success. Sensitive, engrossing, insightful, accurate portrayal of a amazing family. Related books by Christoper Ogden are "Life of the Party," "Maggie," both of which were NY Times bestsellers. From Barnes & Noble listing. From the bestselling author of Life of the Party: The Biography of Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman comes a multi-generational saga of one of America’s wealthiest and most controversial families—the Annenberg Incredible story of an American family that came from poverty to success. Sensitive, engrossing, insightful, accurate portrayal of a amazing family. Related books by Christoper Ogden are "Life of the Party," "Maggie," both of which were NY Times bestsellers. From Barnes & Noble listing. From the bestselling author of Life of the Party: The Biography of Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman comes a multi-generational saga of one of America’s wealthiest and most controversial families—the Annenbergs. “In this engaging double biography, Ogden recounts in rich detail how immigrant Moses Annenberg enacted a rags-to-riches ascent worthy of a Horatio Alger novel . . . in chronicling Walter’s rise to the top, Ogden does more than reveal a curious melding of financial shrewdness and aesthetic sensitivity: he also limns the contours of power and privilege in late-twentieth-century America” (Booklist). “Like medieval princes, media moguls Moses (Moe) and son Walter Annenberg achieved great victories, suffered crushing losses, and exhibited astonishing generosity and vindictiveness . . . Walter’s life has been an attempt to erase the stigma left by his father, a charismatic yet bruising publisher of conservative instincts who made his fortune primarily through the Daily Racing Form and the General News Bureau . . . An enthralling account of how one American family mixed pride, power, and politics in often startling ways.”—Kirkus Reviews “How elegantly Christopher Ogden has told the fascinating tale of the billionaire philanthropist Walter Annenberg’s love for his father, Moses Annenberg, whose prison sentence brought shame and embarrassment to his family. I found myself deeply moved by Annenberg’s lifelong devotion to overcoming that black mark. It is a story of enormous success. What a great pleasure to read about the good rich, who understand the obligations of being rich.”—Dominick Dunne

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    My curiosity of the Annenberg family struck while seeing their name as benefactors for museums. This book is written with depth. A thorough timeline of the family’s upbringing and ambition.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrew42083

    Poorly edited & insanely dull. Thankfully, I only paid a quarter for this book. Skip it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie Lawrence

    A long, detailed read about an amazing family. They escaped the pogroms in Prussia in the late 1800s and came to the US with absolutely nothing. One son of the immigrants, Moses, along with his wife Sadie, had a family of 7 girls and one boy. He was not always an admirable character, but devoted his life to working hard, competing, creating an empire, and giving his one son Walter every chance. Moses had grit and ambition. As we read about his son Walter growing into his father's dreams for him, A long, detailed read about an amazing family. They escaped the pogroms in Prussia in the late 1800s and came to the US with absolutely nothing. One son of the immigrants, Moses, along with his wife Sadie, had a family of 7 girls and one boy. He was not always an admirable character, but devoted his life to working hard, competing, creating an empire, and giving his one son Walter every chance. Moses had grit and ambition. As we read about his son Walter growing into his father's dreams for him, we also see a history of the 20th century. It is a wonderful read of the growth of journalism, television, power, and politics in the 1900s. Ultimately, Walter is a pragmatic man who wants to give back to his country. He is also mercurial and difficult and has some of the same faults as his father. He seeks vengeance and is at times overtly political. At other times, he is thoughtful and sweet. But always, he is an astute businessman who seems to always know what he should invest in and what he should promote, and he makes billions. Toward the end of his life, he wants to give back to the United States and invests millions in education, the arts, and medicine.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    A condensed version of the top of my Boston Globe review: Billions in philanthropy ensure that many monuments to Walter Annenberg will remain when he dies, befitting someone who has achieved what he has. At 91, Annenberg is not only perhaps the greatest philanthropist of the century, but also one of its most accomplished figures. ... There is, however, only one monument to Moses Annenberg, his father. It is a big one, though: all of his son's life. Doted on, mercilessly ridiculed, and finally admi A condensed version of the top of my Boston Globe review: Billions in philanthropy ensure that many monuments to Walter Annenberg will remain when he dies, befitting someone who has achieved what he has. At 91, Annenberg is not only perhaps the greatest philanthropist of the century, but also one of its most accomplished figures. ... There is, however, only one monument to Moses Annenberg, his father. It is a big one, though: all of his son's life. Doted on, mercilessly ridiculed, and finally admired by his father, Walter was driven by the twin motivations of proving his worth to his father and vindicating him. http://michaelprager.com/Legacy-Walte...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    A professionally written biography of two fascinating characters - Moses and Walter Annenberg. The author clearly had access to Walter's archive and had his blessing, which is both a good and bad thing. The Annenberg legend has many dark spots, and Ogden did not shy away from shining journalistic light on most of them, but I am afraid he was duty bound to treat the subject a bit more gingerly than an independent journalist. A professionally written biography of two fascinating characters - Moses and Walter Annenberg. The author clearly had access to Walter's archive and had his blessing, which is both a good and bad thing. The Annenberg legend has many dark spots, and Ogden did not shy away from shining journalistic light on most of them, but I am afraid he was duty bound to treat the subject a bit more gingerly than an independent journalist.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    I never had any particular interest in the Annenbergs, just a vague idea they were fabulously wealthy. This well-written book was quite interesting overall. Occasionally cluttered with circulation figures not germane to the book's overall purpose. It's not uncommon for a bio to read like a thesis, so it's always a pleasure to read one that is well done. I never had any particular interest in the Annenbergs, just a vague idea they were fabulously wealthy. This well-written book was quite interesting overall. Occasionally cluttered with circulation figures not germane to the book's overall purpose. It's not uncommon for a bio to read like a thesis, so it's always a pleasure to read one that is well done.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This was a long, challenging book. I really did not enjoy the writing style!! The subject was not something I was ever interested in, but I do feel like I learned a lot by reading it. This was our book group book this month, and we ended up having a great discussion as always.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    Well written, packed with info, and very informative.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Very enlightening and informative reading about a couple of powerful, smart & successful guys. I did not know that anyone could make so much money..

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pat evert

    LOVE Christopher Ogden. His biographies always amaze me and this is not exception. Informative, entertaining, interesting, shocking, daring. A really good read!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Claude Leveille

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    Ron Noble

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    Karen Long

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