Though Laurance Rockefeller followed in the philanthropic tradition of four generations of the Rockefeller family, his contributions are little known by the millions of Americans who enjoy the benefits of his generosity at places like Yellowstone National Park, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont, or the Grand Tetons at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In “Laurance S. Rockefeller: Catalyst for Conservation,” noted historian Robin Winks presents for the first time the life and accomplishments of this astute venture capitalist and dedicated conservationist.
Combining historical insight and extensive access to Rockefeller family and government archives, Robin Winks explores Laurance Rockefeller’s role in shaping the transition from traditional land conservation to a more public-inclusive environmentalism. “Laurance S. Rockefeller: Catalyst for Conservation” provides a broader interpretation of the history of environmental protection through the life and work of one of this country’s most visionary conservationists. Anyone concerned with the past or future of conservation in America will find this biography essential reading.