The Grandees: America's Sephardic Elite

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Syracuse University Press, 1997 - History - 368 pages
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"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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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

Contents

The Book
1
Who Are They?
10
Not Jewels But Jews
23
The TwentyThree
49
These Godless Rascals
61
Little Victories
67
Gomez the Onions Begin to Smell
74
Make Your Way to the Windward Coast of Africa
100
The New Jews Versus the Old
227
The U S Navy Surrenders at Last
233
The Jewish Episcopalians
259
Nathans Dont CheatBut Do They Kill?
273
Cardozos Dont Cry
292
The Embattled Sisters
310
Foul Deeds
320
An Altogether Different Sort
330

Allarums and Ravages
116
Misalliances and Misunderstandings
131
First Ladies
158
Legends and Legacies
185
The Firebrand
200
Small Gestures and a Hush at Chatham Square
341
Sources
355
Index
358
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