Real Lace by Stephen Birmingham audiobook

Real Lace: America's Irish Rich

By Stephen Birmingham
Read by Stephen McLaughlin

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Extraordinary true stories of the Irish in America, their remarkable rise from urban poverty, and the powerful dynasties they engendered Author Stephen Birmingham, who chronicled the rise of Jewish immigrants to extraordinary wealth and success in Our Crowd, now turns his attention to the Irish. Real Lace tells the colorful and fascinating true stories of America's most renowned Irish-Catholic families. Scions of courageous, driven, and resilient men and women who escaped starvation during Ireland's terrible potato famine in the mid-19th century, they battled their way out of the slums of Boston and New York, overcoming prejudice and poverty to achieve great wealth, fame, and political power.  Here are the remarkable tales of the Kennedys and Cuddihys; the astonishing rise and tragic fall of the McDonnells of Wall Street; thrilling yarns of Floods, Mackays, O'Briens, and other so-called Silver Kings of California; and unforgettable stories about brilliant, if not always scrupulous, Irish politicos who learned how to retain enduring power by perfecting the urban political machine. Birmingham's enthralling history celebrates the pluck, blarney, and unshakeable spirit of a remarkable group of achievers.

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New York Times bestseller

Extraordinary true stories of the Irish in America, their remarkable rise from urban poverty, and the powerful dynasties they engendered

Author Stephen Birmingham, who chronicled the rise of Jewish immigrants to extraordinary wealth and success in Our Crowd, now turns his attention to the Irish. Real Lace tells the colorful and fascinating true stories of America's most renowned Irish-Catholic families. Scions of courageous, driven, and resilient men and women who escaped starvation during Ireland's terrible potato famine in the mid-19th century, they battled their way out of the slums of Boston and New York, overcoming prejudice and poverty to achieve great wealth, fame, and political power. 

Here are the remarkable tales of the Kennedys and Cuddihys; the astonishing rise and tragic fall of the McDonnells of Wall Street; thrilling yarns of Floods, Mackays, O'Briens, and other so-called Silver Kings of California; and unforgettable stories about brilliant, if not always scrupulous, Irish politicos who learned how to retain enduring power by perfecting the urban political machine. Birmingham's enthralling history celebrates the pluck, blarney, and unshakeable spirit of a remarkable group of achievers.

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Editorial Reviews

“Future American histories will have to take into account [this] financial and social history and imposing cast of characters.” New York Times Book Review
“A fascinating and absorbing chapter of New York social and financial history.” Louis Auchincloss, #1 New York Times bestseller author

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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: 10.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English