With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon's family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented ...
Author: Meryl Gordon
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion. Bunny Mellon, who died in 2014 at age 103, was press-shy during her lifetime. With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon's family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented American original.
—Meryl Gordon, author of Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend “The many diverting detours Kiernan takes make the book enticing for even those who will never set foot on Biltmore grounds ...
Author: Denise Kiernan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A New York Times bestseller with an "engaging narrative and array of detail” (The Wall Street Journal), the “intimate and sweeping” (Raleigh News & Observer) untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate—the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door. The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best known families. She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House. Before their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European-style estate on 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness. He summoned the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to tame the grounds, collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a 175,000-square-foot chateau, filled it with priceless art and antiques, and erected a charming village beyond the gates. Newlywed Edith was now mistress of an estate nearly three times the size of Washington, DC and benefactress of the village and surrounding rural area. When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family, her home, and her community, it was up to Edith to save Biltmore—and secure the future of the region and her husband’s legacy. This is the fascinating, “soaring and gorgeous” (Karen Abbott) story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day.
Sarah Bradford, author of America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Queen Elizabeth II and George VI ... Meryl Gordon, author of Phantom of Fifth Avenue and Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend WALLIS IN ...
Author: Andrew Morton
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. Sunday Times bestselling author Andrew Morton reveals new information and sources that totally transform our perception of Wallis Simpson. Wallis in Love brings a fascinating new perspective on the 20th century's most controversial royal scandal. Andrew Morton's impeccable research and unerring skill for riveting storytelling combine to present a strong case for a new and startling reveal: that the woman who rocked the world with her uncompromising passion for the Prince of Wales may have fooled everyone by keeping the object of her true passion hidden away... From her relatively lowly beginnings in America - where young Wallis and her mother were dependent on her domineering and powerful Uncle Sol, to her rise through the social ranks and her determination to one day beat men at their own game - to the ultimate conquest of the Prince of Wales, Morton paints a vivid and multi-faceted picture of a compelling, ambitious and often hard-hearted woman, who may have won the jewel in the British crown but very possibly at the expense of her true happiness. Wallis in Love reveals the men Wallis truly loved, the men who broke her heart - and the hearts she broke in turn. In this vivid, fresh and frankly amazing portrait of the Duchess of Windsor, Morton draws on interviews, secret letters, diaries and never before seen or heard primary sources. From the day she was born in a ramshackle cottage in the hills to revealing what really happened the night her husband died, Morton paints a fresh and enticing portrait of the Duchess of Windsor.
Author: The New York Times Editorial StaffPublish On: 2020-07-15
Warned not to reveal their secret wartime lives, many remained silent about their valuable service. ... writing at N.Y.U.'s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, is the author of “Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend.
Author: The New York Times Editorial Staff
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
Since the mid-nineteenth century, the main drivers of clandestine activity have been wars, crime, and international espionage. The need to obtain and pass along secret information exists so that one group can gain dominance over another, whether through victory in conflicts, seizure of land, or stealing money. Spies may be a constant, but so are the code breakers, those hardworking heroes who use their intelligence and drive to overcome whatever challenges arise from enemies or thieves. This comprehensive collection of New York Times coverage gives a behind-the-scenes look at the high stakes drama created by dangerous secrets, with media literacy terms and questions included to further draw readers in.
The American socialite Bunny Mellon invited the royal couple to her Virginia estate to meet some young blood ( which was ... Kennedy's infidelities , Diana went in for Americanstyle , tell - all self - revelation through the media .
Author: Edwin Moore
Publisher: Chambers Harrap Pub Limited
Category: Business & Economics
A collection of 100 meetings between famous people and the events that followed those meetings.Ranging from Cyrus the Great in the sixth century B.C. to Bill Clinton during the 2000 presidential campaign, "Brief Encounters" covers the meetings of many famous (and some not-so-famous) people throughout the ages. Each entry puts the people in context with what was happening politically, describes the meeting, and then gives a paragraph about what happened next. All entries are cross-referenced.A few sample entries:*The year 452: Pope Leo I persurades Attila the Hun not to attack Rome*1786: Walter Scott meets Robert Burns and is impressed by his Eye*1812: Beethoven meets Goethe (and snubs the Austrian empress)*1922: Proust, Joyce, Diaghilev, Stravinsky, and Picasso share a night at the Majestic