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

By Stephen Birmingham
Read by Mel Foster

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The New York Times–bestselling history of the rise of the most powerful and privileged Jewish families in America They immigrated to America from Germany in the nineteenth century with names like Loeb, Sachs, Seligman, Lehman, Guggenheim, and Goldman. From tenements on the Lower East Side to Park Avenue mansions, this handful of Jewish families turned small businesses into imposing enterprises and amassed spectacular fortunes. But despite possessing breathtaking wealth that rivaled the Astors and Rockefellers, they were barred by the gentile establishment from the lofty realm of "the 400," a register of New York's most elite, because of their religion and humble backgrounds. In response, they created their own elite "100," a privileged society as opulent and exclusive as the one that had refused them entry. "Our Crowd" is the fascinating story of this rarefied society. Based on letters, documents, diary entries, and intimate personal remembrances of family lore by members of these most illustrious clans, it is an engrossing portrait of upper-class Jewish life over two centuries; a riveting story of the bankers, brokers, financiers, philanthropists, and business tycoons who started with nothing and turned their family names into American institutions.

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New York Times bestseller

The New York Times–bestselling history of the rise of the most powerful and privileged Jewish families in America

They immigrated to America from Germany in the nineteenth century with names like Loeb, Sachs, Seligman, Lehman, Guggenheim, and Goldman. From tenements on the Lower East Side to Park Avenue mansions, this handful of Jewish families turned small businesses into imposing enterprises and amassed spectacular fortunes. But despite possessing breathtaking wealth that rivaled the Astors and Rockefellers, they were barred by the gentile establishment from the lofty realm of "the 400," a register of New York's most elite, because of their religion and humble backgrounds. In response, they created their own elite "100," a privileged society as opulent and exclusive as the one that had refused them entry.

"Our Crowd" is the fascinating story of this rarefied society. Based on letters, documents, diary entries, and intimate personal remembrances of family lore by members of these most illustrious clans, it is an engrossing portrait of upper-class Jewish life over two centuries; a riveting story of the bankers, brokers, financiers, philanthropists, and business tycoons who started with nothing and turned their family names into American institutions.

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Editorial Reviews

“A voluminous, friendly collective history of ‘our crowd’—variously known as the Jewish ‘One Hundred’ or the ‘gilded ghetto’—and it falls somewhere between social history and elevated tattletale…Occasional anecdotes brighten the pages.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Stephen Birmingham

Author Bio: Stephen Birmingham

Stephen Birmingham (1929–2015) was an American author of more than thirty books, several were New York Times bestsellers, and Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York made the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he graduated from Williams College in 1953 and taught writing at the University of Cincinnati. His work focuses on the upper class in America. He has written about the African American elite in Certain People and prominent Jewish society in Our Crowd, The Grandees, and The Rest of Us. His work also encompasses several novels and nonfiction titles.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 19.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English