Villard: The Life And Times Of An American Titanby Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave, John Cullen
In 1853, Henry Villard arrived in New York from Germany penniless and speaking not a word of English. Within three years, he had mastered the language and was covering the events of the day for the nation's top newspapers. His eyewitness reports on the Civil War earned him the admiration of the newspaper community and of both Prsident Lincoln and General Grant.
In 1853, Henry Villard arrived in New York from Germany penniless and speaking not a word of English. Within three years, he had mastered the language and was covering the events of the day for the nation's top newspapers. His eyewitness reports on the Civil War earned him the admiration of the newspaper community and of both Prsident Lincoln and General Grant. That success marked the beginning of one of the most impressive careers in American social and financial history.
Brought to life by his great-granddaughter, Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave, Henry Villard emerges as a man of courage and integrity, a financial wizard, and an enterprising entrepreneur with a penchant for daring risk-taking. Drawing on Villard's diaries, translated by the accomplished writer John Cullen, Villard is a captivating rags-to-riches story. A pioneere American, Villard set up the first news syndicate in the country and soon after catapulted himself into the presidency of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Along the way, he demonstrated an uncanny ability to meet the right people and gain their trust. He was the toast of New York society until the Panic of 1883 nearly ruined him and forced him to return to Germany. Villard's spirit of enterprise, well-known generosity, and extraodinary business acumen ignited his remarkable comeback in this country.
In telling this dramatic story, the authors vividly recreate the world in which Henry Villard lived and offer a new perspective on the politicians and titans who shaped nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America.
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Meet the Author
Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave is the great-granddaughter of Henry Villard. A distinguished photographer, she has taken portraits of such notables as George Bush, Henry Kissinger, and Anwar Sadat. Her work has appeared on the covers of Newsweek and other international publications. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Arnaud de Borchgrave.
John Cullen graduated with a Ph.D., in English literature from the University of Texas. His translations from German and Italian include Christa Wolf's Medea, Adolf Holl's The Left Hand of God, and Susanna Tamaro's Follow Your Heart. He lives in upstate New York.
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