The Culture Broker: Franklin D. Murphy and the Transformation of Los Angeles

The Culture Broker Franklin D Murphy and the Transformation of Los Angeles Franklin Murphy It s not a name that is widely known even during his lifetime the public knew little of him But for nearly thirty years Murphy was the dominant figure in the cultural development of L

  • Title: The Culture Broker: Franklin D. Murphy and the Transformation of Los Angeles
  • Author: Margaret Leslie Davis
  • ISBN: 9780520224957
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Franklin Murphy It s not a name that is widely known even during his lifetime the public knew little of him But for nearly thirty years, Murphy was the dominant figure in the cultural development of Los Angeles Behind the scenes, Murphy used his role as confidant, family friend, and advisor to the founders and scions of some of America s greatest fortunes Ahmanson, RocFranklin Murphy It s not a name that is widely known even during his lifetime the public knew little of him But for nearly thirty years, Murphy was the dominant figure in the cultural development of Los Angeles Behind the scenes, Murphy used his role as confidant, family friend, and advisor to the founders and scions of some of America s greatest fortunes Ahmanson, Rockefeller, Ford, Mellon, and Annenberg to direct the largesse of the wealthy into cultural institutions of his choosing In this first full biography of Franklin D Murphy 1916 994 , Margaret Leslie Davis delivers the compelling story of how Murphy, as chancellor of UCLA and later as chief executive of the Times Mirror media empire, was able to influence academia, the media, and cultural foundations to reshape a fundamentally provincial city The Culture Broker brings to light the influence of L.A s powerful families and chronicles the mixed motives behind large public endeavors Channeling than one billion dollars into the city s arts and educational infrastructure, Franklin Murphy elevated Los Angeles to a vibrant world class city positioned for its role in the new era of global trade and cross cultural arts.

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    1. This book is everything a biography should be: well-researched, dense, character-driven, and organized. Those qualities, plus it should serve to give us a sense of who the subject was to himself and others. Margaret Leslie Davis's book does all that and more. I was inspired by Franklin D. Murphy, though not so inspired that I didn't see his flaws (which were not at the forefront, but certainly not omitted). There's not much more to say about this one except that I originally checked it out from [...]

    2. Just received a pretty good review from the LA Times on the front page of their Sun book review section (9/23/07 LAT)

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