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Brothers: What the Van Goghs, Booths, Marxes, Kelloggs--And Colts--Tell Us about How Siblings Shape Our Lives and History [Paperback]

George Howe Colt

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1 Jun 2014
From the bestselling National Book Award finalist, a "masterful blend of history and memoir" ("San Francisco Chronicle") featuring the author's three brothers as well as iconic brothers in history--John and Henry David Thoreau; Vincent and Theo van Gogh; John Harvey and Will Kellogg; Edwin and John Wilkes Booth; and Harpo, Chico, Groucho, Gummo, and Zeppo Marx. In alternate chapters, Colt parallels his quest to understand how his own brothers shaped his life with an examination of the complex relationships between famous brothers in history. Edwin Booth grew up to become the greatest actor on the nineteenth-century American stage while his younger brother John grew up to assassinate a president. Will Kellogg worked for his overbearing older brother John Harvey as a subservient yes-man for two decades until he finally broke free and launched the cereal empire that outlasted all his brother's enterprises. Vincent van Gogh would never have survived without the financial and emotional support of his younger brother, Theo, in a claustrophobic relationship that both defined and confined them. Henry David Thoreau's life was shadowed by the early death of his older brother, John, who haunted and inspired his writing. And the Marx brothers collaborated on the screen but competed offstage for women, money, and fame. "Brilliantly conceived, daringly organized, endlessly fascinating" ("The Dallas Morning News"), this book is a revelation for any parent of sons, any sibling, anyone curious about how a man's life can be molded by his brothers. Colt's magnificent book is a history told through the lens of fraternal rivalry--and love.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment; Reprint edition (1 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416547789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416547785
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.6 x 2.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,299,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A captivating blend of historical anecdote, personal revelation, and psychological insight, this lively and imaginative book will serve up a great deal of wisdom (and just as much fun) to anyone who has ever been a brother or had a brother. In fact, maybe all you have to do to derive pleasure and nourishment from Colt's book is simply to have once met a brother it s that appealing."--Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative 2 Jan 2013
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A good read that helped me understand why my grandsons tick (and fight). I found it interesting to find out the "brothers" concept involved in the assasination of Lincoln. I enjoyed learning of the celebrities and artists and authors but most of all, I loved getting to know this family through the author's description and feelings changed throughout their lives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I found the book to be very interesting. 6 Aug 2013
By Gloria Bean - Published on
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I loved the story between the Colt Brothers as well as the historical information of the other brothers. I found it very interesting to read parts of letters between brothers of history that were almost like poetry and then to wonder how it will look in another hundred years to see "twitters" between brothers that read "c u later" "lol" and "whatever"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, very thought-provoking 22 April 2013
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Just finished this and thoroughly enjoyed it! Very well written. As someone who has no brother, only sisters, i had not ever spent too much time thinking about what it would be like to have one. i was vaguely aware that the experience of growing up would have been different if i had had a brother, but did not understand or appreciate the power of such circumstances. the book has mini-biographies on many famous brothers from history, and those are revealing and fascinating as well. The author's research must have been daunting -- it is as if he wrote several books. I liked the way he interwove the development of his own family relationships with the stories of the other brothers from history. Fascinating!
i highly recommended this book. Second book i have read by this author, and i enjoyed this one even more than the first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 15 April 2013
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I love non-fiction, personal stories, and this one gives great insight into the author's brothers and famous brothers throughout history. I grew up in the same era as the author, and can relate to many of the TV shows and various products, etc that he mentions in the book. I also loved The Big House, about the author's family's summer home (on Cape Cod?) Style of writing is very unique. Sometimes a bit too much detail is included for my taste but overall, I love the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 25 Mar 2013
By Ron Galvin - Published on
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A wonderful book about brothers...anyone who grew up in a family with brothers will find the book very insightful. I especially enjoyed the historical information about brothers.
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