I Never Wanted to Be Vice-President of Anything! An Investigative Biography of Nelson Rockefeller

I Never Wanted to Be Vice-President of Anything! An Investigative Biography of Nelson Rockefeller

I Never Wanted to Be Vice-President of Anything! An Investigative Biography of Nelson Rockefeller

I Never Wanted to Be Vice-President of Anything! An Investigative Biography of Nelson Rockefeller

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This book explores the public and private lives of Nelson Rockefeller. We know, as a congressional committee concluded following its cursory investigation into his life and works, that Nelson Rockefeller is a very rich man. We know, too, that he is powerful—as the very rich usually are. We knew all of this before, as did everyone else even slightly acquainted with the famous, continually profiled Rockefeller family.

What we did not know were two quite basic things: first, why has Nelson Rockefeller aggressively pursued the presidency for almost all of his 40 years in public life when his family has spent 75 years and millions of dollars obscuring its role in the realpolitik of American government? And second, how has Nelson Rockefeller utilized the vast, often hidden, resources of Rockefeller wealth and influence to achieve his political triumphs —all but the one he wants most?

Our task has not been an easy one. Even his most severe critics were unspecific or could rarely substantiate their information. The public papers said little. Relatives and friends discreetly declined to provide more than a polite peek; family firms, such as the International Basic Economy Corporation, predictably rebuffed inquiries concerning their political clout. We expected all of this, so we were not surprised when trusted associates sought to preserve the secrets of our subject's successes and failures behind a barrier of evasion and loyal silence.

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