Wicked Newport: Sordid Stories from the City by the Sea

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Founded by a small band of religious freedom seekers in 1639, Newport, Rhode Island, subsequently became a bustling colonial seaport teeming with artists, sailors, prosperous merchants and, perhaps most distinctively, the ultra-rich families of the Gilded Age. Clinging to the lavish coattails of these newly minted millionaires and robber barons was a stream of con artists and hangers-on who attempted to leech off their well-to-do neighbors. From the Vanderbilts to the Dukes, the Astors to the Kennedys, the City ...
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Wicked Newport: Sordid Stories from the City by the Sea

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Founded by a small band of religious freedom seekers in 1639, Newport, Rhode Island, subsequently became a bustling colonial seaport teeming with artists, sailors, prosperous merchants and, perhaps most distinctively, the ultra-rich families of the Gilded Age. Clinging to the lavish coattails of these newly minted millionaires and robber barons was a stream of con artists and hangers-on who attempted to leech off their well-to-do neighbors. From the Vanderbilts to the Dukes, the Astors to the Kennedys, the City by the Sea has served as a sanctuary for the elite—and a hotbed of corruption. Local historian Larry Stanford pulls back the curtain on over 350 years of history, uncovering the real stories behind many of Newport’s most enduring mysteries, controversial characters and scintillating scandals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596293434
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/27/2008
  • Series: Wicked Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,372,221
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     7
Introduction     9
The Mystery Tower     11
Innocent?     17
The Symbol of Hospitality?     25
Karma for the Merchant Prince     31
America's Richest Family     35
The Queen of the Queen of Resorts     51
Wicked Alva     55
Mrs. Fish     65
The Playboy Editor     69
The Swinger Architect     73
Titanic     77
Lusitania     83
The Court Jester's Secret     89
Curse of the Pharaohs     93
Be Careful What You Wish For...     97
Paint It Black     101
Anchors Away     105
The Richest Girl in the World     111
Reversal of Fortune     121
References     127
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