Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York

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Syracuse University Press, 1996 - History - 404 pages
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A novelist who has specialized in creating tales of the rich and well placed 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--Stephen Birmingham has assembled a remarkable composite portrait. some of his tales are wildly funny. others are poignant. All 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. This economic power and unique culture was played out alongside--but never a part of--the gentile establishment.

Remarkable individuals, resplendent dynasties--out of the elegant fabric of their lives, Birmingham has fashioned superb social history.

 

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Review: Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York

User Review  - Jean - Goodreads

A zippy, fascinating read. I found it odd, however, that Birmingham has so little to say about how the families he described interacted-- or didn't--with non-Jewish Germans in New York of the same ... Read full review

Review: Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York

User Review  - Brad Sandler - Goodreads

This is a very interesting read of the wealthy New York German Jewish families that started such great firms as Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Macy's, Levi's etc. Birmingham's style of writing is novel-like and fluid. Very enjoyable read. Read full review

Contents

People We Visit
13
OUT OF THE WILDERNESS 18371865
15
Mount Seligman
17
Mount Beautiful
24
On the Road
33
Mrs Rankins Galoshes
36
On to the City
41
Matters of Status
46
Der Reiche Lewisohn
212
The Poor Mans Metal
220
Further Adventures Underground
224
Twilight of a Banker
230
The Ladies
243
Sons Daughters Rebels
252
Elberon and Points North and South
257
The GuggenheimLewisohn Battle
267

Matters of Style
56
To the Gold Fields
63
This Unholy Rebellion
71
Peddlers in Top Hats
83
The Our Dear Babette Syndrome
90
Getting Our Feet Wet
95
The D d Railroads
106
My Bank
116
The Assimilationists
125
The Haughty and PurseProud Rothschilds
135
The SeligmanHilton Affair
141
THE AGE OF SCfflFF
151
i9 A Complex Oriental Nature
153
Your Loving Kuhn Loeb Company
158
The Emerging Giants
167
Mr Schiff vs Mr Loeb
174
Portrait of a Father
178
The Mittelweg Warburgs
188
Marriage Schiff Style
195
The Battle of the Giants
200
Monsieur Journefs Nightgown
276
The Great Battle of no9 Fifth Avenue
282
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283
Witty and Interesting Personalities
289
The Equitable Life Affair
298
1 Enclose My Check for 2000000
303
This
307
The Sinister Transmutation
313
Calamities and Solutions
324
The Rise of a House of Issue
329
Pflicht und Arbeit
339
NEW YORK 21 N
347
The End of a Line
349
The Fall and After
353
The End of a Dream
362
Where Are They Now? 37
370
Familiengefiihl and No Bare Feet at Dinner
382
INDEX ILLUSTRATIONS FOLLOW PAGE 244
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