"No better examination of Old Money culture and how it is challenged by the self-made man, whom America holds in higher esteem. Old Money attitudes are an inheritance of educational & aesthetic values."
"European-style aristocracy has had a foothold in America in just a handful of instances. This is a nicely written history of one such incident and one such family: the Livingstons of the Hudson River"
"Comparison of upper classes in Boston and Philadelphia: a must-read for serious scholars of the upper class. Provides extraordinary insight into the social currents flowing through America’s history."
"To understand America’s upper class, you must understand the British aristocracy; it held the lion’s share of wealth & power, but now that’s gone. A must-read for serious students of the upper class."
"The boarding school mission is described in detail: upper class young are asked to live up to high ideals. If they would live by them as adults, an aristocratic upper class would flourish in America."
"Decline of a leading family of a Midwestern city. George Amberson Minafer is spoiled heir to the Amberson fortune, but America now entering the automobile age, and the family is ill equipped to deal w"