The Waltz Kings; Alone; The President's Lady; T.R.; The Gold of Troy (Great Biographies, Volume 10)

By Richard Evelyn Byrd, Noel B. Gerson, Irving Stone

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Hans Fantel; Richard E. Byrd; Irving Stone; Noel B. Gerson; Robert Payne

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Book details

Hardcover, 0 pages
1989 by Reader's Digest
Original Title
The Waltz Kings; Alone; The President's Lady; T.R.; The Gold of Troy
ISBN
0895773023 (ISBN13: 9780895773029)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Ginny Thurston

Very informative,yet entertaining book about Theodore Roosevelt....learned about the Spanish-American War and how it related to Cuba, learned about the Russo-Japanese War and how it foreshadowed WW2, learned about the Panama Canal and how Columbia was involved....lots of politics and bully drama.

Dr.J.G.

The Waltz Kings:-


About the Johannes Strauss father and son - much interesting details, with the father and son not getting along (father having abandoned the family and lived with mistress), talents matching and competing, the son surpassing the father, and of course the Blue Danube which Johann Strauss had discarded due to some lack of appreciation by a patron but was redeemed due to his discerning lover who kept it among the music he played at a better occasion, and due to her smartness in appreciating his work this magical piece became a fever almost overnight.
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The President's Lady:-

In this Stone takes up the era of exploration of the land and large part of continent that is now USA, and the story of a good woman and a good man who were maligned due to the then conventions for no fault of their own - the fault in fact lay with the man who had lied and allowed them to believe that there had been a divorce, while he had simply not done it. Much life threatening dangers were braved by the explorers, which is difficult in this era of mobile (cell) phones and GPS and so on to imagine.
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The Gold of Troy:-


Son of a lower class family from Germany who emigrated to US as many did in that era, Heinrich Schliemann lacked schooling beyond rudimentary but read a great deal due to his hunger for knowledge not satisfied with the day to day need to work hard and earn to survive. He grew a conviction contradicting that of the era about Homer's work being not fiction but historical, and when he had amassed enough riches to begin his dream project he went with a determination to look for Troy and Agamemnon's gold. For this he had to first marry a Greek girl since he would otherwise not have permission to dig in Greece, which he did with an honest explanation to her after searching for a suitable wife - he was in his fifties, she at the end of her teens - who married him for sake of her nation apart from finding his mission attractive. It so happened they finally succeeded in finding the gold and Troy, but it was in then Turkey, and had to steal it out illegally. He however changed his mind about restoring it to Greece and after much swerving back and forth gave it to Germany, rather than US or Greece, which did not find approval with the wife who had been with him in all his travails.

The gold, then on in a museum in Berlin, vanished post wwII and surfaced only recently with opening up of the iron curtain. It was safe in Russia all these years post wwII.
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