Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York
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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