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by Margaret A. Leary

eBook Giving It All Away: The Story of William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle download ISBN: 0472034847
Author: Margaret A. Leary
Publisher: University of Michigan Press (August 30, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 304
ePub: 1273 kb
Fb2: 1987 kb
Rating: 4.8
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Category: History
Subcategory: Americas

Giving It All Away book. Margaret A. Leary places Cook's story in the rich social and cultural context of his time and paints a fascinating portrait of a complex figure whose legacy continues to shape the University of Michigan.

Giving It All Away book. Cover photographs: (left) Gregory Fox Photography; (right) Ann B. Cook collection, photo by Russell R. Serbay.

Now Margaret Leary has given us the real story, and it reads like a gripping whodunit.

Now Margaret Leary has given us the real story, and it reads like a gripping whodunit. -Theodore J. St. Antoine, James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor Emeritus of Law and Past Dean, University of Michigan Law School. In an absorbing book, Margaret Leary unstintingly investigates unpublished, archival material to unravel enigmas surrounding William Wilson Cook. She brings to life Cook's brilliant interactions with powerful moguls of the early twentieth century as she traces his lofty, philanthropic mission to elevate the legal profession

Leary, Margaret A. Note: Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, c2011. Subject: Cook, William W. (William Wilson), 1858-1930.

Leary, Margaret A. Subject: Lawyers - New York (State) - New York - Biography. Subject: Philanthropists - Michigan - Biography. Subject: University of Michigan. Law School - History.

However, his generosity proved controversial and eventually very litigious

However, his generosity proved controversial and eventually very litigious.

The Story of William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle

Giving It All Away : The Story of William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle. by Margaret A. Leary.

Giving It All Away: The Story of William W. Cook & His Michigan Law Quadrangle. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011. In University of Michigan: An Encyclopedic Survey

Giving It All Away: The Story of William W. In University of Michigan: An Encyclopedic Survey. Bicentennial ed. The University of Michigan, 2017. Full Text: MLaw Repository WWW. "Service: The Core of Law Librarianship. R. M. Mersky and R. A. Leiter, compilers. In Spirit of Law Librarianship: A Reader. Chicago: Alert Publications, 2005.

“Margaret Leary's carefully researched book illuminates a complex man who marked his university in a truly enduring way."---Francis X. Blouin Jr., Director, Bentley Historical Library, and Professor, School of Information and Department of History, University of Michigan

“Generations of Michigan Law grads have passed on myths about their generous but eccentric benefactor. . . . Now Margaret Leary has given us the real story, and it reads like a gripping whodunit."---Theodore J. St. Antoine, James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor Emeritus of Law and Past Dean, University of Michigan Law School

“In an absorbing book, Margaret Leary unstintingly investigates unpublished, archival material to unravel enigmas surrounding William Wilson Cook. She brings to life Cook's brilliant interactions with powerful moguls of the early twentieth century as she traces his lofty, philanthropic mission to elevate the legal profession."---Ilene H. Forsyth, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of the History of Art, emerita, University of Michigan

William W. Cook, born in 1858 and a graduate of the University of Michigan and of its law school, made his fortune by investing in the burgeoning telegraph and communications industry, as well as in representing the Mackay Company in their frequent tumultuous battles with Western Union and the U.S. government. Though Cook entered New York society and never returned to Michigan after receiving his law degree, he decided not just to give his alma mater the finest physical facility of any existing law school, but to donate permanent resources that would permit the law school to engage in groundbreaking legal research. However, his generosity proved controversial and eventually very litigious. Margaret A. Leary places Cook's story in the rich social and cultural context of his time and paints a fascinating portrait of a complex figure whose legacy continues to shape the University of Michigan.

Cover photographs: (left) Gregory Fox Photography; (right) Ann B. Cook collection, photo by Russell R. Serbay

Comments: (7)
The Apotheoses of Lacspor
Few who have seen or studied in the University of Michigan's famed Law Quadrangle could imagine the story Margaret Leary tells -- one of high purposes, academic and architectural excellence leavened with human frailty, in-fighting and intrigue. Meticulously researched, scrupulously fair, beautifully produced, and gracefully written, the book will interest not only alumni but anyone interested in charitable giving or a good story, well told.
playboy
For all those who love the Law Quadrangle at the University of Michigan as I do this answers many questions. I used to study there on Sunday afternoons and fell in love with place. It is THE ICONIC building on the Ann Arbor campus. The story as told by Margaret Leary about how it came about is a surprise as nothing seems to be straight forward. I am a bit surprised that Mr. Cook's masterpiece even got started or finished.
Great Read!
Blackstalker
Fascinating, very well written and researched. Thoroughly enjoyed it, especially since I often studied in the Law Library Reading Room as a medical student, since it was the quietest place available. Highly recommended.
Frostdefender
Did not appear to be new, cover bent.
Madis
Good story and for a U of M grad (twice over) it's a great history of the various buildings that I saw for years while attending the classes. It's amazing how each of the buildings and stories are intertwined. Great research piece.
Truthcliff
The book is very very well written and quite informative. It is very apparent that the author spent a number of years researching this topic. Five stars ++ for this wonderfully written and researched book.
Shistus
An excellent story of the history of a beautiful law school.
Fine history of events in our family.