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Written by David CannadineAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by David Cannadine

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: February 12, 2008
  • Price: $23.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-307-38679-3 (0-307-38679-1)


Prologue: A Family in History

In the Shadow of His Father, 1855–1900

1. The Patriarch Presides: Father and Sons, 1855–73
2. The Family in Business: Boys and Banks, 1873–87
3. The “Mellon System” Inaugurated: “My Brother and I,” 1887–98
4. The Great Leap Forward: Mergers and Matrimony, 1898–1900

Wealth’s Triumphs, Fortune’s Travails, 1900–1921

5. The Transition Completed: Family Man and Venture Capitalist, 1901–1907
6. The First Scandal: Separation and Divorce, 1907–12
7. Life Goes On: Business (Almost) as Usual, 1907–14
8. New Careers for Old: Single Parent, Aging Plutocrat, Emerging Politician, 1914–21

The Rise and Fall of a Public Man, 1921–33

9. Hard Times with Harding: Political Realities, Getting Started, Settling In, 1921–23
10. Better Years with Coolidge: Mellonizing America, Aggrandizing Himself, 1923–26
11. Carrying On with Hoover: Great Ideas to Great Crash, 1927–29
12. Triumphs amid Troubles: Fortune’s Zenith, Russian Pictures, Pittsburgh Woes, 1929–31
13. “The Man Who Stayed Too Long”: Depression, Departure, London and Back, 1931–33

Old Man, New Deal, 1933–37

14. His World Turned Upside Down: An Unhappy Homecoming, 1933–34
15. The Second Scandal: The “Tax Trial” and the National Gallery of Art, 1933–36
16. Beginnings and Endings: The Gallery Established, a Life in Its Fullness, 1936–37

Epilogue: A Fortune in History
Appendix: The Mellon Family
A Note on Sources
Abbreviations for Notes