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Beaverbrook : a shattered legacy

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    Goose Lane Editions, 2010
    Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.


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    Winner, Atlantic Independent Booksellers Choice Award and Best Atlantic Published Book Award. Shortlisted, BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and National Business Book Award. For the first time, the fully documented story of the unravelling of the Beaverbrook legacy. From humble beginnings, Max Aitken, later Lord Beaverbrook, rose to the heights of politics and business. His philanthropy knew no bounds, or so it seemed. In the late 1950s, he built the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton as a gift to the people of New Brunswick and stocked it with a large collection of masterworks that form the core of the Gallery's prestigious collection. Today, the paintings are at the centre of a bitter battle between the Gallery and the two charitable Beaverbrook foundations — a battle that has rocked the art world on both sides of the Atlantic. But the "Beaverbrook dispute" is only part of this intriguing story. In this fascinating account, Jacques Poitras explores the intertwined history of the Aitken family and the Beaverbrook Gallery. Sifting through Beaverbrook's own correspondence, public and archival records in Canada and England, and interviews with friends and foes, including those involved in the dispute, Poitras disentangles the exploits of the original Lord Beaverbrook and hte uncertain fortunes of a once-influential family.

    Original Publisher: Fredericton, Goose Lane Editions
    Language(s): English