"An engaging narrative of creativity and commercialism, altruism and
arrogance, civic engagement and political warfare that conjures up visions of Museums: The Mini Series. " - Leslie Bedford
"An insider's perspective . . . with thought-provoking background on the great museum debates - elitism vs. populism, connoisseurship vs. community engagement, and much more." - Lou Casagrande
"With wit and a keen sense of the illuminating anecdote, Schwarzer weaves together developments across the full range of museum types and varieties of museum work, connecting the dots as only someone who has lived intimately within this world could do." - Bruce Altshuler
Highly illustrated, exhaustively researched, and eminently readable, Riches, Rivals and Radicals describes the rise of the museums in America from the early 20th century to the early 21st—a story that parallels the historic changes in the United States. Through the decades, museums transformed themselves from cabinets of curiosity to centers of civic pride and prestige, stewards of who and what we are, our shared heritage, good and bad. The museum story is "filled with many notable and even some notorious characters," writes Marjorie Schwarzer, chair of the museum studies department at John F. Kennedy University. "How the American museum got to where it is today has required a long journey, sometimes arduous, often fascinating." Published in celebration of AAM's centennial and The Year of the Museum.
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Also available from Amazon as a Kindle e-Book: Riches Rivals & Radicals (2006 Edition