Main Line Wasp

Main Line Wasp

by W. Thacher Longstreth
     
 

Here is one man's uproarious, adventuresome journey through the twentieth-century: from Main-Line debutante parties to the Battle of the Coral Sea, from affluence in the Roaring 20's to poverty in the Great Depression, from All-American football at Princeton to becoming Life's top salesman, from dealings with statesmen like Eisenhower to run-ins with

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Here is one man's uproarious, adventuresome journey through the twentieth-century: from Main-Line debutante parties to the Battle of the Coral Sea, from affluence in the Roaring 20's to poverty in the Great Depression, from All-American football at Princeton to becoming Life's top salesman, from dealings with statesmen like Eisenhower to run-ins with bareknuckle fighters like Jimmy Hoffa, Richard Nixon, and Frank Rizzo.The result is more than amusing anecdote. Thacher Longstreth entered the world just as his WASP and Quaker forebears were losing their power and prestige. Much of his life has therefore been devoted to "unlearning the cozy assumptions of my ancestors." Yet he has managed to keep his heritage alive in a changing world: turning the other cheek when it seemed political suicide; living his ideals, no matter how inexpedient; and never, ever losing his sense of humor. By refusing to take himself seriously, and staying loyal to family, friends, community, and tradition, he has shown that innocence can be the supreme form of sophistication.

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Library Journal
Most books these days by celebrities, especially those with any political renown, are not very good, other than for their appeal to the political voyeur. Usually their self-aggrandizing nature is self-evident. Because this work by a Philadelphia businessman and politician is less self-trumpeting, it is, for the most part, captivating storytelling. It is uneven in parts and often fails to pursue subjects worthy of further exploration; however, no book is fatally flawed whose author's maxim is ``Do good, have fun, and don't hurt anyone along the way.'' Finding a politician with a sense of humor is rare; finding one with the ability to direct it at himself is a jewel of a find. One wonders, upon reading his various encounters over the years in the political warfare of the City of Brotherly Love, how he stayed sane. Recommended.-- Stephen K. Shaw, Northwest Nazarene Coll., Nampa, Id.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393027808
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1990
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.89(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.14(d)

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