George Owen Knapp was a founder and first president of the Union Carbide Corporation, a position he held for 22 years. Until this book was published, most people, including Knapp's own family, knew hardly anything about him—how he lived, how he made his fortune, and what he did beyond Union Carbide.
Written and published by his great-grandson Benjamin R. Taylor, this hardcover 158-page book includes 130 black and white photographs. It is physically large, 12 inches wide by 11 inches tall. A single photo often fills an entire page.
Mr. Taylor, now in his 70th year, never met his great-grandfather. Inspired by a 1967 LIFE magazine article he accidentally found, Mr. Taylor began one of those family research projects that develops a life of its own. Over a five year period, Mr. Taylor came to know the man he'd never met.
The book is both wonderful and important. We see a moment in time and a way of life that is as significant a chapter in history as it is fascinating to experience vicariously. Just to have all these photos and all this information in one volume makes this book priceless.
Mr. Taylor printed only 750 copies. It sells for $95.