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4.0 out of 5 stars The Americans and the British Country House, 21 Nov 2013
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J. Suyderhoud (ouderkerk aan den ijssel, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: An Exuberant Catalogue of Dreams: The Americans who Revived the Country House in Britain (Hardcover)
Aurum Press has published many books on country houses and gardens based on a certain perspective, such as region, period, architect or having been demolished. This time the selection has been based on country houses which were revived by Americans with their money and taste. As stated in the introduction: "If an Englishman's home is his castle, it might be because he married an American". Clive Aslet has selected 18 Americans and their influence on 24 country houses. Famous examples are the Astors at Clivenden and Hever Castle, Consuelo Vanderbilt at Blenheim Palace and Crowhurst Place, Lawrence Johnston at Hidcote Manor, Nancy Lancaster at Kelmarsh Hall, Ditchley Park and Haseley Court, J Paul Getty at Sutton Place. Each chapter describes a person or family and their background and achievements in this field. There are so many persons and names involved, that sometimes you wish to have a family tree available. Most of the accompanying pictures are in black and white, with a few colour photographs. Unfortunately a few, mainly family pictures, are of poor quality. Recommended for those interested in this subject, it is crammed with information and certainly not a coffee table book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visual splendour literary disappointment, 10 Mar 2014
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Wonderfully illustrated, so poorly written. Some of the English is so poor that I found myself checking again and again to see if these were essays compiled by Clive Aslet, were some of them by a different hand? Perhaps we are not expected to read the text, what a pity as the stories are so interesting. Many of the people portrayed changed the social structures , the interior decorating styles and even the landscape saving some of Britains' heritage for future generations. The use of their extraordinary financial resources makes for fascinating reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK ..., 15 Oct 2014
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WOW..... What an unusual and thrilling book ...
you simply cannot put it down .... unless you finished it... and you will always pick it up again ..

the stories of the various houses and how they were saved , or taken over by people who had the means to bring the houses Back to their former glory and better!!!

a great buy ... and a great present to give...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. An exuberant book, 10 July 2014
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Fantastic. An exuberant book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... little at a time and for visitors to also enjoy the content, 20 Sep 2014
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Most interesting and enjoyable and one to keep on the coffee table to pick up and read a little at a time and for visitors to also enjoy the content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Sep 2014
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Excellent product and service.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming coffee table book, 13 Dec 2013
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A pleasant book containing many houses I have seen. Would have liked more info on life in these houses with their American chateleines
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what new found wealth can buy, 3 Jan 2014
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how rich people can buy into the wealth of the country
recommend to people who are interested in the landed gentry
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