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Praise for A Dangerous Woman:
"Energetic...Ronald's group portrait is breath-taking and quite modern." --New York Times Book Review
"A lively picture of the world in which Florence moved, withall its intricate financial shenanigans, rivalrous investors and glitteringsocial occasions... Florence's great talent--along with her business acumen, hersingle-mindedness and her refusal to be burdened by doubts or scruples--was toinvent and reinvent herself to blend in with and exploit every place and everytime." --Wall Street Journal
"Ronald provides an unvarnished account of the life of avant-garde socialite Florence Lacaze Gould, whose dazzling, gilded lifestyle belied her dark side as a libertine, Nazi collaborator, and war profiteer . . .History lovers will welcome this impressive book about a captivating, flawed woman." --Publishers Weekly
"Drawing on many published sources, newspaper reports of Gould's scandalous escapades, and Gould's often fraudulent testimony when she was interrogated as a Nazi collaborator, Ronald conveys the glittering surface of Gould's life. .... A light, lively narrative about a singular, narcissistic woman." --Kirkus
Praise for Hitler's Art Thief:
"[A] riveting portrait of Gurlitt, who detested the Nazis, and stole from them, but did their bidding in the name of 'saving modern art'." --The New Yorker
"Ronald situates Gurlitt's life and career amid the turmoil of Weimar Germany and then the evolution of Nazi art-looting campaigns from the late 1930s to the end of World War II, [adding] many new details about Gurlitt's dealings." --The Wall Street Journal
"Susan Ronald tells the back story of what may be the most startling art-world bust in modern history." --USA Today
"One man's extraordinary career of thievery . . . an exhaustively researched and well written book that has a cautionary tale for all of us." --Forbes
"Outstanding. . . Hitler's Art Thief brilliantly examines the motivating forces, both internal and external, that led Hildebrand Gurlitt to go work for the Führer." --The Jerusalem Post
"Another chapter in the unfolding story of Holocaust art and its provenance, Hitler's Art Thief provides the background of a story that came to light when more than a thousand works of art, valued at more than $1.35 billion, were found in a tiny Munich apartment." --The Jewish Week
About the Author
Born and raised in the United States, SUSAN RONALD has lived in England for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of seven books, including A Dangerous Woman, Hitler's Art Thief, Heretic Queen, The Pirate Queen, and Shakespeare's Daughter.
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The author was unable to get any cooperation from the Gould family. I imagine they don’t like being reminded of the extremely dubious manner in which Florence’s art collection was curated. The lack of official help does leave Florence slightly out of reach but the book is excellently researched. The author picks apart a lot of the financial dealings of the Gould couple and manages to break them down for the layman while keeping the book interesting. This book is perfect for anyone who’s exhausted several Mitford and swinging twenties books and is looking for something off the beaten path. If you like your society history then I’d heartily recommend this book.
I received a ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair review.
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reading about another self-absorbed woman who married well. Nothing new or revealing here. This woman was a
narcissist of the worst kind.
Florence Gould was an intelligent, conniving, self-centered, savvy business woman, but most of all she was a survivor. She survived the San Francisco earthquake and fire as a child, a major flood in France, World War I and World War II. Her survival skills came into play again with her questionable connections with top officials of The Third Reich which was a contention with FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, after the war. Hoover tried everything to get her convicted for aiding and abetting the enemy to no avail. She was definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Her open marriage to a very wealthy and shrewd American multimillionaire, Frank Gould, gave her the opportunities she needed to become an independent wealthy woman in her own right by investing in real estate and art, though obtained under dubious conditions. It's known that many of her art purchases were bought from collections taken by the Nazis from French Jews. Though rumors said she was an anti-Semite, Ronald supposes that Florence didn't care one way or another. She preferred to have fun rather than worry about "political rumblings", and being the self-serving woman she was, she chose to help both sides when it suited her.
She was equally loved and hated, but she was only interested in power, sexuality, luxury and excess. With an ego that was larger than life she succeeded in becoming the wealthy, famous and notorious socialite she always wanted to be no matter who or what she had to do to get there.
"She was selfish, egotistical, generous, gorgeous, promiscuous, quick-tongued, and quick-witted. She was never dull, never boring... Above all, she moved with the times and, given the dangerous sweeps of history in which she lived at the height of society, she became—perhaps, despite herself—a dangerous woman."
In her final years, she was very charitable in giving her time, and money to good causes though instead of creating a foundation in her husband's name her ego got the better of her and she created one in her own instead.
Ronald notes that "Florence’s estate on her death was estimated to be worth some $123.8 million, or around $300 million in 2016."
Ms. Ronald does a superb job in her research as seen by her copious notes and extensive bibliography even though The Florence Gould Foundation would not give her access to their archives and made it known that they did not wish to have her book published. I especially enjoyed hearing about the many famous people Florence hobnobbed with--and there were many--including Coco Chanel, Maurice Chevalier, Charlie Chaplin, Winnaretta Singer, Princesse de Polignac, and daughter of Isaac Merritt Singer, inventor of the sewing machine, Ernst Jünger, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo Picasso. Though the book is about Florence Gould, a very unlikable woman, it is filled with fascinating historical places and figures. If you like autobiographies filled with French history during World War I and World War II, you will enjoy this book.
I received a free copy of this book that I voluntarily chose to review.