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In More Stories of the Rich and Famous: Aiken's Winter Colony in the Gilded Age, the reader is placed in the action as witness to the high and low events that enmeshed the country's rich and famous in their winter playground, Aiken, South Carolina. The activities of the Astors, Iselins, and Hitchcocks, among others, are restored to life offering the reader insight into their desires, joys, fears, and regrets. Each chapter delivers a riveting story about the lives and times of those who occupied the highest perches of America's societal peaks. Beginning with the first chapter in Aiken Remembers the Titanic, Madeleine Astor graphically recalls her reoccurring nightmare of the Titanic tragedy during a visit to Aiken to attend a bridge dedication honoring one of Titanic's important victims. In Titanic Bill, the story of a pitiable William Carter, a Titanic survivor bearing a coward's shame, mulls a futile option designed to restore his damaged reputation. In The Highland Park Hotel, the most luxurious hotel of its day where the Vanderbilts of New York, the Dolans of Philadelphia, and the Stackpoles of Boston and others, including international elites, passed the mild Aiken winters, the story of its construction, employees, and the gun violence during its destruction by fire in the early morning hours of February 6, 1898 is remembered. The specter of attempted murder is re-examined in Aiken's Trial of the Century which reconstructs in as much detail as is known, the attempted murder of wealthy socialite Camilla Havemeyer Beach in the yard of her Aiken home on the night of February 26, 1912. The military exploits of America's greatest polo player and hero are recounted in Tommy Hitchcock, Jr. - A Soldier's Story. Hitchcock relives his daring escape from a German POW train, and his experiences defending France in the WW I Lafayette Flying Corps. The Remarkable Iselins recounts C. Oliver Iselin's 1893 America's Cup victory hard earned against gale
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About the Author
David M. Tavernier resides in Aiken, South Carolina, and is married to Patrice Durban Tavernier, a third-generation Aikenite. His first book, Stories of the Rich and Famous: Aiken's Winter Colony in the Gilded Age, was selected as the Featured Book for "In Author's Words" on July 6th 2013. In October and November 2012 it was recognized as "Top Ten in Sales" for Outskirts Press. Both titles are available online at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore.