Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center

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Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center
Great Fortune - bookcover.jpg
Paperback edition cover
AuthorDaniel Okrent
CountryUnited States
SubjectRockefeller Center
Set inManhattan
PublisherViking Press
Publication date
September 29, 2003
Media typePrint, e-book

Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center is a non-fiction book by American writer Daniel Okrent about the conception, planning, and building of Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, New York City.[1][2] The text was initially published on September 29, 2003 by Viking.[3] In this book, Daniel Okrent provides a detailed story of Rockefeller Center creation—from conception to construction—and the role that John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his associates played in those events. The text also explores such themes as big-time business, art, architecture, politics, and social life, and how they interact.


In 2004, the book was the Pulitzer Prize for History finalist.[4]


Adam Cohen of The New York Times commented "Okrent has a good time with the most storied parts of Rockefeller Center lore.... A greater flaw is the book's failure to situate Rockefeller Center in a larger historical context, or to extract deeper meaning. It would be interesting to get more of Okrent's thoughts about the project's impact on the development of New York City".[5] A reviewer of Publishers Weekly stated "Just as Okrent's Nine Innings beautifully telescoped all of baseball into a single game in 1982 between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles, so the former Life editor and Time Inc. executive finds in the creation of Rockefeller Center a good deal of New York and many of the contradictions in American life as the country worked to emerge from the Depression".[6]


  1. ^ "Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center By Daniel Okrent". Penguin Random House. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center by Daniel Okrent". Dartmouth College. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Edwards, Owen (March 2004). "The Epic of Rockefeller Center". Smithsonian. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Finalist: Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center, by Daniel Okrent (Viking)". Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Cohen, Adam (September 28, 2003). "Rock of Ages". The New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "Great Fortune". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved December 12, 2018.

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