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Bestseller

“Has the magic word ‘bestseller' written all over it … Birmingham's narrative drive never falters and his characters are utterly convincing.” —John Barkham Reviews

“Delicious secrets—scandals, blackmail, affairs, adultery … the gossipy Uptown/Downtown milieu Birmingham knows so well.” —
Kirkus Reviews

“An engrossing family saga.” —
USA Today

“Colorful, riveting, bubbling like champagne.” —
The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Poignant and engrossing … Has all the ingredients for a bestseller.” —
Publishers Weekly

The Rest of Us

New York Times
Bestseller

“Breezy and entertaining, full of gossip and spice!” —
The Washington Post

“Rich anecdotal and dramatic material … Prime social-vaudeville entertainment.” —
Kirkus Reviews

“Wonderful stories … All are interesting and many are truly inspirational.” —
The Dallas Morning News

“Entertaining from first page to last … Those who read it will be better for the experience.” —
Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Birmingham writes with a deft pen and insightful researcher's eye.” —
The Cincinnati Enquirer

“Mixing facts, gossip, and insight … The narrative is engaging.” —
Library Journal

“Immensely readable … Told with a narrative flair certain to win many readers.” —
Publishers Weekly

The Right People

New York Times
Bestseller

“Platinum mounted … The mind boggles.” —
San Francisco Examiner

“To those who say society is dead, Stephen Birmingham offers evidence that it is alive and well.” —
Newsweek

“The games some people play … manners among the moneyed WASPs of America … The best book of its kind.” —
Look

“The beautiful people of
le beau monde
… Mrs. Adolf Spreckels with her twenty-five bathrooms … Dorothy Spreckels Munn's chinchilla bedspread … the ‘St. Grottle sex Set' of the New England prep schools, sockless in blazers … the clubs … the social sports … love and marriage—which seem to be the only aspect which might get grubbier. It's all entertaining.” —
Kirkus Reviews

“It glitters and sparkles.… You'll love
The Right People
.” —
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A ‘fun' book about America's snobocracy … Rich in curiosa … More entertaining than
Our Crowd
… Stephen Birmingham has done a masterly job.” —
Saturday Review

“Take a look at some of his topics: the right prep schools, the coming out party, the social rankings of the various colleges, the Junior League, the ultra-exclusive clubs, the places to live, the places to play, why the rich marry the rich, how they raise their children.… This is an ‘inside' book.” —
The Washington Star

“All the creamy people … The taboo delight of a hidden American aristocracy with all its camouflages stripped away.” —Tom Wolfe,
Chicago Sun-Times

The Wrong Kind of Money

“Fast and wonderful. Something for everyone.” —
The Cincinnati Enquirer

“Dark doings in Manhattan castles, done with juicy excess. A titillating novel that reads like a dream. Stunning.” —
Kirkus Reviews

“Birmingham … certainly keeps the pages turning. Fans will feel at home.” —
The Baltimore Sun

The Jews in America Trilogy

“Our Crowd,” The Grandees, and “The Rest of Us”

Stephen Birmingham

Contents

“Our Crowd”

The Grandees

“The Rest of Us”

About the Author

“Our Crowd”

The Great Jewish Families of New York

Stephen Birmingham

For the children:

Mark, Harriet, Carey

Contents

PREFACE

PART I
A PARTICULAR PRINCIPALITY

1  “
People We Visit

PART II
OUT OF THE WILDERNESS (1837–1865)

2  “
Mount Seligman

3  “
Mount Beautiful

4  
On the Road

5  
Mrs. Rankin's Galoshes

6  
On to the City

7  
Matters of Status

8  
Matters of Style

9  
To the Gold Fields

10  “
This Unholy Rebellion

PART III
INTO THE MAINSTREAM (1866–1899)

11  
Peddlers in Top Hats

12  
The “Our Dear Babette” Syndrome

13  “
Getting Our Feet Wet

14  “
The D—d Railroads!

15  “
My Bank

16  
The Assimilationists

17  “
The Haughty and Purse-Proud Rothschilds

18  
The Seligman-Hilton Affair

PART IV
THE AGE OF SCHIFF

19  “
A Complex Oriental Nature

20  “
Your Loving Kuhn, Loeb & Company

21  
The Emerging Giants

22  
Mr. Schiff vs. Mr. Loeb

23  
Portrait of a Father

24  
The Mittelweg Warburgs

25  
Marriage, Schiff Style

26  “
The Battle of the Giants

27  “
Der Reiche Lewisohn

28  
The Poor Man's Metal

29  
Further Adventures Underground

30  
Twilight of a Banker

31  
The Ladies

32  
Sons, Doubters, Rebels

33  
Elberon, and Points North and South

34  
The Guggenheim-Lewisohn Battle

35  
Monsieur Journet's Nightgown

36  
The Great Battle of 1109 Fifth Avenue

37  “
Witty and Interesting Personalities

38  
The Equitable Life Affair

39  “
I Enclose My Check for $2,000,000 …

40  
The “Sinister Transmutation

41  
Calamities and Solutions

42  
The Rise of a House of Issue

43  “
Pflicht und Arbeit

PART V
NEW YORK 21, N.Y.

44  
The End of a Line

45  
The Fall, and After

46  
The End of a Dream

47  
Where Are They Now?

48  “
Familiengefühl” … and No Bare Feet at Dinner

Index

Preface

It was my intention, when I undertook to write this book,
not
to write a book that would be simply “about rich people.”

To be sure, none of the families here portrayed is needy. Far from it. But—to me, at least—their accomplishments and their contributions to the special spirit and
élan,
as well as to the physical appearance, of New York City make the fact of their wealth seem secondary. It was my feeling, when I considered this book, that such names as Lehman, Lewisohn, Schiff, Loeb, Warburg, Guggenheim, Seligman, Kahn, Straus, Goldman, and Sachs are nationally, and in most cases internationally, known. They stand for banking and industrial efficiency, government service, philanthropy, and vast patronage of the arts, science, and education. And yet, due to a persistent reticence and unwillingness to boast—which in themselves are noble attributes—the men and women who made these names celebrated are little understood as human beings. It was my hunch that behind the marble façades lived people with as much capacity for folly, and grandeur, as human beings everywhere. It should come as no surprise that this turned out to be the case.

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