Gilded: How Newport Became America's Richest Resort by Deborah Davis

By Deborah Davis

A fantastically written background of excessive society in Newport, Rhode Island, from the acclaimed writer of Party of the Century

Newport is the mythical and gorgeous domestic of yankee aristocracy and the sheltered super-rich. a few of the country's most renowned blue-blood families—the closest factor we need to royalty—have lived and summered in Newport because the 19th century. The Astors, the Vanderbilts, Edith Wharton, JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Doris Duke, and Claus and Sunny von Bulow are only a number of the many names who've known as the town domestic. Gilded takes you alongside as you discover the attention-grabbing historical past of the Newport elite, from its first colonists to the latest of its new millennium millionaires, displaying the evolution of a city rationale on dwelling in its personal international. via a story packed with engrossing characters and vigorous stories of untold extravagance, Davis brings the inn to lifestyles and uncovers the variation among wealthy and Newport wealthy alongside the way.

• An engrossing multi-generational saga that tells the true tale of the wealthy and recognized in Newport
• bright, praiseworthy writing: "[Davis] brings wonderfully colourful behind-the-scenes motion and gamers up front" (the New York Times on Party of the Century)
• 34 evocative black-and-white photographs

Written with perception and dramatic aptitude, Gilded offers an extraordinary peek into the cloistered coastal playground of America's moneyed elite.

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And you’re right. But there was something special about this one, because, small and defenceless though they were, they didn’t just become part of history, they made history – and by that I mean they shaped the course of all history to come. And this special something was their religion. B                25 All other peoples prayed to many gods – you remember Isis and Osiris, Baal and Astarte. But these herdsmen only prayed to one god, their own special protector and leader. And when they sat beside their camp fires in the evening, and sang songs about their deeds and their battles, they sang of his deeds and his battles.

They also found round seals and inscribed clay tablets in those tombs. However, the inscriptions were not in hieroglyphs, but in a totally different script that was, if anything, even harder to decipher. This was because pictures had been replaced by neatly incised single strokes ending in a small triangle, or wedge. The script is called cuneiform, meaning wedge-shaped. Books made of papyrus were unknown to the Mesopotamians. They inscribed these signs into tablets of soft clay, which they then baked hard in ovens.

This was because pictures had been replaced by neatly incised single strokes ending in a small triangle, or wedge. The script is called cuneiform, meaning wedge-shaped. Books made of papyrus were unknown to the Mesopotamians. They inscribed these signs into tablets of soft clay, which they then baked hard in ovens. Huge numbers of these ancient tablets have been found, some recounting long and wonderful stories, such as that of the hero Gilgamesh and his battles with monsters and dragons. On other tablets kings boast of their deeds: the temples they have built for all eternity, and all the nations they have conquered.

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