A gripping, glib and gossipy deconstruction of the curators, directors, donors and trustees who dominated the Met since its founding in 1870. Gross’ Met does the right thing infrequently, and then only under duress,” says the Tulsa World of Rogues’ Gallery. “Suppressing its antipathy to the masses… the museum did open its doors on Sundays. But the Met still shames visitors into paying a $20 admission fee, even though the official policy allows anyone to enter with a contribution of as little as a penny… Gross indicts the museum for its ‘public be damned’ attitude and… the extravagance, envy, egotism and mean-spiritedness of the Met’s benefactors… [some of whom] ran the Met to settle scores and score points in New York society.”