The Grandees: America's Sephardic Elite
"Astoundingly readable and beautifully written.... It moves along like a romantic thriller, but is as serious a work and as good a job as Our Crowd". -- Denver Post
Descendants of the original twenty-three Jewish families who arrived in New York in 1654, the Sephardic Jews began a tradition of wealth, pride, and exclusiveness that continues to this day. Stephen Birmingham sheds light on this segment of Jewish society who viewed other Jews as peasants, and ardently shunned all publicity. It is the story of over three centuries of power and achievement, scandal, and folly, elegant lifestyles, and sometimes flamboyant personalities -- a story only Stephen Birmingham could tell with characteristic spellbinding skill.
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Review: The Grandees: America's Sephardic EliteUser Review - George - Goodreads
My rating is relevant to my relationship to this book: genealogy is a hobby, and the families described in this book are in my tree. If you are interested in the early Sephardic families of the US, this is an excellent book, and has enough stories to keep it interesting. Read full review
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