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Where inherited wealth and family intersect—not always for the good.Explores one of American society's endlessly fascinating scenarios. Best of all, the story is true. The author takes the reader on a journey beginning with Revolutionary War heroes down through succeeding generations of Civil War notables, industrial titans, an improbable love story with an eleven-year courtship, a couple besotted and befuddled by all that is given them, and finally, a son who not only survives ...

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Overview

Where inherited wealth and family intersect—not always for the good.Explores one of American society's endlessly fascinating scenarios. Best of all, the story is true. The author takes the reader on a journey beginning with Revolutionary War heroes down through succeeding generations of Civil War notables, industrial titans, an improbable love story with an eleven-year courtship, a couple besotted and befuddled by all that is given them, and finally, a son who not only survives but thrives.

The family tree is populated with such historical families as the Shields, Crittendens, Olivers, Nevilles, and Craigs; military, political, and industrial leaders of their time.

The story is one of east and west, north and south: Western Pennsylvania, land of opportunity in the Republic's early years and later a seat of eastern high society; California immediately after World War II as the new land of opportunity; dreams of railroads and then an airline to open up vast territories of Mexico; brother-against-brother in war. El Chepe and Ramsa; exotic adventures and improbable schemes; lives fulfilled and lives wasted, it portrays the schizophrenia of people ricocheting between vast opportunity and the inability to make a life in the shadow of great wealth.

The story is accompanied by astonishing first hand accounts and documentation kept by the author's family. Photographs, diaries, and letters give credence to accounts and give voice to the people who wrote them. These are not far-away characters in a fairy tale but real flesh-and-blood human beings speaking through the generations.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780977042999
  • Publisher: Local History Company, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

    Man's view of family and environment

    Mr Goldsborough is a insightful observer of a convoluted life with one ego driven Mother and a wealth destroyed Father. Obviously Jimmy was secluded and had a love hate relationship with his Mother. The first 2/3 of the narrative creates the life as it once was in the alcoholic country club set and was interesting from Mr Goldsborough's astute observations of all of the "clan" in the Sewickley area. I enjoyed the man until he became the male persona of his Mother. He evolved thru time into his Mother's image and in the last chapter reflected his dismay on the destruction and reshaping of structures of his childhood world.

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  • Posted December 3, 2008

    Stunning social history Stunning social history

    James Goldsborough, a distinguished journalist, has written a rivetting study of a family of great privilege and fortune settled in the Western Pennsylvania villages of Edgeworth and Sewickley. He combines his gifts for research and reporting with an unexpected command of narrative structure and drive. It reads like a novel; I couldn't put it down.

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