Books: The Man Who Would Be King

THE IMPERIAL ROCKEFELLER by Joseph E. Persico Simon & Schuster; 314 pages; $16.50

John D. Rockefeller's best-known son was Nelson—four-time Governor of New York, a man of great energy and stamina who harvested Venezuelan chili peppers with the same zest that he collected modern art. Rockefeller owned some of the world's costliest real estate, but for all his wealth and organization he could not sign a lease on the property he wanted most, the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He had to settle for an appointment as Vice President in the Ford Administration, where he glumly complained, "I go to funerals. I...

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