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on 21 November 2013
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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on 15 October 2014
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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on 19 May 2016
A beautiful book with an especially beautiful front cover! Bought for my mother's birthday. Didn't realise that Lord Hesketh formerly of Easton Neston is really Fermor-Hesketh.
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on 27 December 2015
Beautiful book. Very Downton Abbey.
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on 31 May 2015
Disappointing content. Most images are available online and the text was uninformative.
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on 20 September 2014
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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on 4 October 2015
A enthralling social history. Beautifully illustrated.
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on 28 October 2015
Extremely interesting.
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on 10 July 2014
Fantastic. An exuberant book!
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on 8 September 2015
I was slightly disappointed that for the most part, the interior shots are old black and white photographs and not always of the best quality, a lot of them look as though they were gleaned from the Country Life archives, many of the places that are covered have not been re-photographed in colour and the editorial is simple, almost all the information can be gleaned by googling, so this doesn't get full marks I'm afraid.
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