The Grandees: America's Sephardic Elite

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Syracuse University Press, 1997 - History - 368 pages
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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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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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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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