Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York

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Syracuse University Press, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 404 pages
Stephen Birmingham offers an insider's view of one of the wealthiest segments of an affluent city - Jewish upper-class life in New York. Working with diaries, letters, and personal reminiscences supplied by members of interwoven families - Loeb, Lehman, Straus, Seligman, and Guggenheism, among others - Birmingham has assembled a composite portrait. His tales are set within a world of numbing opulence - Fifth Avenue mansions, chateaux on Long Island, castles in Westchester, vast art collections - millions given away so quietly and steadily that they have never properly been counted.

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About the author (1996)

Stephen Gardner Birmingham was born in Andover, Connecticut on May 28, 1929. He received a degree in English from Williams College in 1950. Before becoming an author, he worked as an advertising copywriter in New York for Needham Harper Steers. His non-fiction books included Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York, The Right People: A Portrait of the American Social Establishment, The Grandees: America's Sephardic Elite, The Rest of Us: The Rise of America's Eastern European Jews, Certain People: America's Black Elite, Real Lace: America's Irish Rich, and Life at the Dakota: New York's Most Unusual Address. He also wrote nine novels including Young Mr. Keefe. He died from cancer on November 15, 2015 at the age of 86.

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