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America's Secret Aristocracy

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Collectible Hardcover with dust jacket. Signed by author
Unknown Binding, 334 pages
Published January 1st 1987 by Little Brown and Company
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David Steece, Jr.
Apr 08, 2016 David Steece, Jr. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Hidden treasure here. Witty, urbane, and full of unusual characters who I've never heard of, despite having done some (very very very little) studying of American history.

Another reviewer said they thought it would be about the people like the "Vanderbilts, Astors, Rockefellers, etc," but what was so interesting to me is that it really only briefly mentions any of those big names (besides Roosevelt and Astor.) Those names that I know something about and represent the titans of American Capitalis
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Cwn_annwn_13
Aug 14, 2009 Cwn_annwn_13 rated it it was ok
I thought this was going to be about the shadow government with an emphasis on the old line new england ivy league blue blood families, Vanderbilts, Astors, Rockefellers, etc. Its about them but its more like if Robin Leach wrote a history book about these families. Social climbing, who had an affair with who, lavish lifestyles, etc. I wasn't into it.
Tori
Jul 25, 2011 Tori added it
2010- Although gossipy and now sorely outdated, the book did teach me quite a bit about the history of some prominent American families.
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