Citadel on the Mountain: A Memoir of Father and Son

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Macmillan, May 16, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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A warped dream, an overbearing father, and his son

A handsome, brilliant man, the author's father-irascible, strong-willed, a compulsive womanizer-stands at the center of this strangely compelling story.

In the mid-1970s, after a life in government service, which was shadowy in its depths, Ted Wertime built a fortress-like house on a mountaintop in south-central Pennsylvania. He had forged for himself a secondary career as a highly respected historian of ancient science and technology, and was convinced that it was his fate to lead a sweeping revolution that would cleanse the United States of energy abuse, political corruption, and an odd assortment of social ills. His "citadel" would serve as his revolutionary headquarters. He, his wife, and Joan, the last and most troubled of his succession of mistresses, lived in the house together in a bizarre ménage à trois. His dream was to recruit his four sons to take part in his cause.

The author, Richard Wertime, is the second-oldest son. Citadel on the Mountain is the story of his struggle to escape from a domineering and, at times, hypnotizing father who sought to control the sexual and professional lives of his offspring.

 

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CITADEL ON THE MOUNTAIN: A Memoir of Father and Son

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A proud father's decline and fall, as thoughtfully narrated by a long-distanced son.Ted Wertime was many things: an accomplished scholar of ancient technologies, a traveler and bon vivant, and a spy ... Read full review

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Three-quarters of the way through, this reviewer was prepared to pan this book. Why does a son have to air all his family's dirty laundryDe.g., his mother having to share a house with his father's ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
11
Section 3
18
Section 4
21
Section 5
33
Section 6
45
Section 7
89
Section 8
127
Section 12
187
Section 13
199
Section 14
207
Section 15
220
Section 16
227
Section 17
229
Section 18
232
Section 19
239

Section 9
137
Section 10
147
Section 11
182
Section 20
255
Section 21
263
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About the author (2003)

Richard Wertime was a longtime editor at Archaeology magazine and is now a professor of English at Beaver College in Pennsylvania.

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