The Adventures of a Wall Street Legend
Bernard Baruch was a self-made millionaire, legendary stock trader, and venture investor. For most of the first half of the 20th century, he epitomized the “good side” of Wall Street in the public mind. Celebrated as “Adviser to Presidents” and “The Park Bench Statesman,” he also became known as “The Man Who Sold out before the Crash.” James Grant’s much praised biography draws on a wealth of previously untapped material.
A World War Two Love Story
Near the end of World War Two, a Navy pilot meets and falls in love with a beautiful California girl. They have a brief two weeks together before he is shipped off to the South Pacific. This is an engaging collection of his letters, compiled by the daughter he never got to meet. Full of poignant detail—a chronicle of the passions and fears of wartime—the book is the ultimate love story of America’s “greatest generation.”
John Julius Norwich’s life has reflected an appetite for living, enlivened by a sense of personal theater. Trying to Please is an engaging and amusing memoir that describes a glamorous but vanishing world. From the monasteries on Mt. Athos to a camel trek across the Sahara, the book shows how Norwich’s passions for history, travel, and music have combined with simpler pleasures like friendship and a close family. A remarkable life and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Voice of a New Age Revolution
The name of Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most widely recognized in the world. His Autobiography has been translated into all major languages. The film “Gandhi” remains popular. Yet many mysteries surround this man, especially about his inner life and personal relationships. This book covers these topics.
A fixture in Washington society, Joseph Alsop knew intimately everyone who mattered in American politics, including all the presidents of his day, but was especially close to John and Jacqueline Kennedy. He also visited Churchill in London, de Gaulle in Paris, Adenauer in Bonn, and writes entertainingly about these and other larger-than-life figures. No journalist since Henry Adams so brilliantly described the habits of the great and near-great of his day, in government and elsewhere.
Where Art, Angst, Love, and Strong Coffee Meet
Bruce Cook of the Washington Post Book World has written that: “Bohemia has become an acceptable, even desirable lifestyle all around America, and indeed the world over.” But to understand how this happened, how an “alternative” lifestyle became so mainstream, and also to visit what many consider to be Bohemia’s golden age, there is no better source than Gold.