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The author of the book: Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
Edition: Hodder & Stoughton
Date of issue: April 12th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781444730999
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.41 MB
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This was a fascinating look at how the 1% lived at the turn of the twentieth century, including an interesting description of Winston Churchill as a young man.
Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan was the American born wife of the 9th Duke of Marlborough. She was a member of the immensely rich Vanderbilt family and her cruel and ambitious mother arranged her marriage to an English duke who needed money to repair his house and pay his bills. An intelligent, well meaning, and kind lady, Consuelo did a great deal of charity work and took it seriously; treating everyone she met with respect.
However, the entitlement, arrogance, stupidity and selfishness of her husband, and many of the titled and Royal people she knew was sickening. They were especially repulsive because they lacked the noblesse oblige and dedication to public service that could have acted as a counter balance to their privilege. I do understand that they were a product of their times and some would say they didn't know any better, but at the same time, this environment produced the energy, brilliance and ambition of Winston Churchill and a dedication to duty and charity in Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan. Dare I say that their American blood had something to do with it? Yes, I will, though I am a dedicated Anglophile.
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