This P. S. But in an age when women weren't even allowed to vote, never mind concern themselves with interest rates, she lived by her own rules. When J. P. The guinness book of world records memorialized her as the World's Greatest Miser, indeed, and, this unlikely robber baron -- who parlayed a comfortable inheritance into a fortune that was worth about 1.
Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America's First Female Tycoon #ad - 6 billion in today's dollars -- was frugal to a fault. Morgan called a meeting of new york's financial leaders after the stock market crash of 1907, Hetty Green was the only woman in the room.
The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded AgeAnchor #ad - A captivating biography of america's first female tycoon, Hetty Green, the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time. No woman in the gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green. And when everyone was buying and borrowing, she put her money into cash and earned safe returns on her dollars.
Yet those who knew her admired her warmth, her wisdom, and her wit. Set during a period of financial crisis strikingly similar to our current one, acclaimed author Janet Wallach's engrossing exploration of a fascinating life revives a rarely-mentioned queen of American finance. Following the simple rules of her wealthy Quaker father, she successfully invested her money and along the way proved to herself that she was wealthy and therefore worthy.
Never losing faith in America's potential, she ignored the herd mentality and took advantage of financial panics and crises. Newspapers kept her in the headlines, linking her name with witches and miscreants. Her independence, outspokenness, and disdain for the upper crust earned her a reputation for harshness that endured for decades.
The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age #ad - When her husband defied her and sank her money on his own risky interests, she threw him out and, marching down to Wall Street, quickly made up the loss. When everyone else was selling, real estate, she bought railroads, and government bonds. When her aunt died and did not leave Hetty the fortune she expected, she plunged into a groundbreaking lawsuit that still resonates in law schools and courts.
Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded AgeCrown #ad - Archie and amélie seemed made for each other—both were passionate, intense, and driven by emotion—but the very things that brought them together would soon tear them apart. They were the F. Their marriage began with a “secret” wedding that found its way onto the front page of the New York Times, to the dismay of Archie’s relatives and Amélie’s many gentleman friends.
. Donna M. But although their love was undeniable, they tormented each other, and their private life was troubled from the start. Lee, a stunning temptress, was a daring author, and a woman ahead of her time. Now, donna M. The stories involve ghosts, a murder at a millionaire’s house, the mysterious burning of a church, a sensational lunacy trial, and a beautiful, scantily clad young woman prowling her gardens at night as if she were searching for something or someone—or trying to walk off the effects of the morphine that was deranging her.
Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age #ad - Amélie rives, southern belle and the goddaughter of Robert E. John armstrong "archie" chanler was an heir to the Astor fortune, dashing, an eccentric, and handsome millionaire. Filled with glamour, and madness, mystery, Archie and Amélie is the true story chronicling a tumultuous love affair in the Gilded Age.
Lucey vividly brings to life these extraordinary lovers and their sweeping, tragic romance. Lucey on archie and Amélie.
The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930sDiversion Books #ad - Astor and thorpe were both ruthless in their fight to gain custody of their daughter, but Thorpe held a trump card: the diaries that Mary Astor had been keeping for years. The studio heads, longtime controllers of public perception, were desperate to keep such juicy details from leaking. With the complete support of the astor family, including unlimited access to the photographs and memorabilia of Mary Astor’s estate, The Purples Diaries is a look at Hollywood’s Golden Age as it has never been seen before, as Egan spins a wildly absorbing yarn about a scandal that threatened to bring down the dream factory known as Hollywood.
. But the marriage was rocky from the start; both were unfaithful, but they did not divorce until after Mary Astor gave birth to little Marylyn Thorpe. What followed was a custody battle that pushed The Spanish Civil War and Hitler’s 1936 Olympic Games off of the front pages all over America. She was born poor, and at the first sign that she could earn money, her parents grabbed the reins and the checks.
The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s #ad - Franklyn Thorpe. In these diaries, astor detailed her own affairs as well as the myriad dalliances of some of Hollywood’s biggest names. One of hollywood’s first scandals was nearly its last. 1936 looked like it would be a great year for the movie industry. With the economy picking up after the great depression, Americans everywhere were sitting in the dark watching the stars—and few stars shined as brightly as one of America’s most enduring screen favorites, Mary Astor.
Top Drawer: American High Society from the Gilded Age to the Roaring TwentiesNew Word City, Inc. #ad - Top drawer is affectionate and ironic by turns, pointing out, for example, that the American elite were the greatest art patrons since the Renaissance, yet recounting scandals and foibles with a knowing eye that never loses sight of the ruthless quest for power that underlay the gilded surface. The hoi polloi get their own back at the hoity-toity in Top Drawer, Chatfield-Taylors, Vanderbilts, Van Rensselaers, Havemeyers, Mary Cable's witty social history of the Gilded age of Astors, et al.
A stylish performance. The names of the families of "people-we-know" - from astor to vanderbilt, cabot to whitney - and the places they called home - Fifth Avenue, wealth, Prairie Avenue in Chicago, McCormick to Palmer, Newport, Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Delmonico's ballroom - still evoke glittering images of style, and often-outrageous show.
Top Drawer: American High Society from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties #ad - Cable's polished prose, cool wit, and extensive research make illuminating history and grand entertainment. Publishers Weekly. The era of "the 400, and pretension, " with all its glamour gentility, is marvelously evoked in this book. The age of high society in the United States was remarkably brief but also glorious.
The Gilded AgeNew Word City, Inc. #ad - And alva vanderbilt squandered tens of thousands on one evening to crack the closed social circle of the Mrs. Astor. Grant, john charles frémont, horatio alger, elizabeth cady stanton, cornelius vanderbilt, gold rush pioneer Sarah Royce, Jim Fisk, first female surgeon Bethenia Owens-Adair, and to critique American society, Brigham Young's rebellious nineteenth wife Anna Eliza Young, free-love advocate Victoria Woodhull, Boston Brahmin Charles Eliot Norton, black visionary Sojourner Truth, Walt Whitman.
In examining the gilded age, as well as some lesser-known Americans, Milton Rugoff offers fresh glimpses into the lives of the celebrities of the era, while at the same time revealing the roots of problems that still plague us today. Rugoff's spirited and immensely beguiling book takes a joyful bite out of the nineteenth century.
The new york times"king of the lobbyists" Sam Ward was best known for his talent for throwing parties - courtesy of the U. S. And when jay gould, of black friday fame, sent his card to one of the Rothschilds, it was returned with the comment, "Europe is not for sale. It was this climate of mid- and late-nineteenth-century excess that fostered the most rapid period of growth in the history of the United States, replacing the unyielding Puritanism of Cotton Mather with the flexible creed of Henry Ward Beecher.
The Gilded Age #ad - National book award nominee milton rugoff gives his uniquely revealing view of the Gilded Age in this collective biography of Americans from 1850 to 1890 Writing on the political spoilsmen, lords of the press, money kings, parvenus, sexual transgressors, forty-niners, and women's rights leaders, Rugoff focuses on thirty-six men and women from almost every walk of life.
Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny,and DesireBerkley #ad - Full of the juicy gossip and bad behavior that characterized Royal Affairs, this book chronicles the love-hate marriages of the crowned heads of Europe—from the Angevins to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry—and ponders how dynasties ever survived at all. This edition includes bonus chapters!“An irresistible combination of People magazine and the History Channel.
Chicago tribune since time immemorial, royal marriages have had little to do with love—and almost everything to do with diplomacy and dynasty. From the author of american princess: the love story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry comes a funny and delightful history of the royal weddings and marriages of Europe’s most famous—and infamous—monarchs.
Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny,and Desire #ad - Clashing personalities have joined in unholy matrimony to form such infamous couples as Russia’s Peter II and Catherine the Great, and France's Henri II and Catherine de Medici—all with the purpose of begetting a male heir. But with tensions high and silverware flying, kings like England’s Henry II have fled to the beds of their nubile mistresses, while queens such as Eleanor of Aquitaine have plotted their revenge.
Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten HistoryCrown Archetype #ad - Carroll wondered, bus, bike, train, how many other unmarked places are there where intriguing events have unfolded and that we walk past every day, helicopter, Carroll ultimately trekked to every region of the country -- by car, plane, not realizing their significance? To answer that question, and kayak and on foot.
Sparking the idea for this book was carroll’s visit to the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s son was saved by the brother of Lincoln’s assassin. Here is where chronicles andrew carroll’s eye-opening – and at times hilarious -- journey across America to find and explore unmarked historic sites where extraordinary moments occurred and remarkable individuals once lived.
Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History #ad - Among the things he learned: *where in north america the oldest sample of human dna was discovered * where america’s deadliest maritime disaster took place, of a revolutionary weapon; to the recovery, deep in the Alaskan tundra, a calamity worse than the fate of the Titanic *Which virtually unknown American scientist saved hundreds of millions of lives *Which famous Prohibition agent was the brother of a notorious gangster *How a 14-year-old farm boy’s brainstorm led to the creation of television Featured prominently in Here Is Where are an abundance of firsts from the first use of modern anesthesia to the first cremation to the first murder conviction based on forensic evidence; outrages from riots to massacres to forced sterilizations; and breakthroughs from the invention, inside a prison, of a super-virus; to the building of the rocket that made possible space travel.
Here is where is thoroughly entertaining, but it’s also a profound reminder that the places we pass by often harbor amazing secrets and that there are countless other astonishing stories still out there, waiting to be found. Look for andrew's new book, My Fellow Soldiers. .
The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City BlockArcade #ad - He was taken to one of the townhouses -- then, in 1934, an underworld safehouse -- where he died and was stuffed in a steamer trunk but his cohorts had to saw off one of his legs to fit him in it. It was a daring, minutely planned exploit that ended in blood, when one of the gangsters accidentally shot himself.
Greek columns stand as sentries by their entrances and stone medallions bedeck their chests. Their brows are marked by ornamental pediments. They stand proudly gazing across the Hudson River at the cliffs of New Jersey. From gangsters to industrialists, from movie stars to mafia dons, from future mayors to murderers, one block in a burgeoning city saw it all.
The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block #ad - If only the walls could talk? Dan Wakins makes it so in this unforgettable intimate glimpse into the history of New York City. Meet: * percy geary and john oley, the mistress of william randolph hearst, the world's first biotech engineer and a rare japanese scientist in the united States at the turn of the 19th century--He discovered diastase, two Albany gangsters with a background in kidnapping and bootlegging; * Lucretia Davis, baking powder heiress whose parents were engaged in a bitter divorce that included allegations that her mother was trying get her father declared insane and take over his business; * Jokichi Takamine, an enzyme to ferment whisky and settle the stomach, and the adrenaline, a major scientific discovery; * Marion Davies, who rose to movie stardom on the back of W.
R. S publicity machine while living on the block; * Julia Marlowe, American's greatest Shakespearean actress around 1900, just to name a few. They are seven graceful relics of beaux arts new york, townhouses built more than 100 years ago for a new class of industrialists, actors and scientists -- many from abroad -- who made their fortunes in the United States and shaped the lives of Americans.
The General's Wife: The Life of Mrs. Ulysses S. GrantGardenia Publications #ad - Her book the general's Wife: The Life of Mrs. She performed the role of First Lady with great dignity, organizing spectacular events and hosting leaders from across the globe. Yet, the marriage was not without difficulty and sometimes contradictions, as Ross highlights, for although Ulysses was fighting for the Union and the cause of emancipation, Julia had come from a slave-owning family and this had caused a great deal of consternation in his family.
Ishbel ross’s superb biography of this remarkable woman uncovers a truly remarkable marriage and has brought the life of this fascinating First Lady back from the shadows of her husband’s career and into the public eye once more. Ulysses and julia grant were a profoundly united couple, and so it is not easy to make a clear distinction between his life and hers.
The General's Wife: The Life of Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant #ad - . Grant was first published in 1959, and she passed away in 1975. Behind every successful man there stands a woman. This maxim was never truer than with Ulysses S. It is very pleasant to get to know Julia Grant, in her devotion, who, was one of the more potent women in American history. The saturday review“lengthy, this biography of the plain, well-written, carefully detailed, devoted and ambitious wife of a great general and lesser president will appeal greatly … its emphasis on the life and manners of the Grant era should make it a valuable addition to the domestic history of Victorian America.
Kirkus reviewsishbel Ross was a prominent biographer of many of the most important women in American history.
Rose: My Life in Service to Lady AstorPenguin Books #ad - In her decades of service she received one £5 raise, but she traveled the world in style and retired with a lifetime's worth of stories. She's not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler's ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country.
For 35 years, rose was by lady astor's side and behind the scenes, from the parties thrown for royalty and trips across the globe, to the air raids during WWII, keeping everything running smoothly. Like gosford park and downton abbey, rose is a captivating insight into the great wealth 'upstairs' and the endless work 'downstairs', but it is also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship that grew between Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.
Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor #ad - In 1928, rosina harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. In charge of everything from the clothes and furs to the baggage to the priceless diamond "sparklers, " Rose was closer to Lady Astor than anyone else.