Alfred Bingham's The Tiffany Fortune is a fine piece of Americana - a most appealing and readable account of the vicissitudes of three notable American families.

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

This is, first, the fascinating and extraordinarily candid story of three families who played major roles in American history as missionaries, merchants, and politicians. But it is also the story of their descendant's life and of his lifelong effort to understand and reconcile his ancestors' devotion to both God and Mammon.

Roger Hilsman

No one was closer to the radical movement that shaped the New Deal from the Left during the thirties and forties than Alfred Bingham. And no one until now has described the passion and prejudices, the hopes and fears of the principal participants, including himself, with such total dedication to the truth.

Selden Rodman

The author might have presented these figures and their lofty accomplishments as a dry history lesson. But his ancestors all wrote extensively about their experiences and he makes full use of books, letters and diaries to turn remote events into personal dramas. The voices of Bingham's ancestors speak vividly from whaling ships in the Pacific, Civil War battlefields, the jungles of Peru and New England mansions.

They are flesh-and-blood characters one comes to know and care about as much as those in a good novel, thanks first to the abundant records they kept for posterity, and second to the author's unsparing honesty in filling in what was not recorded. ...

The Tiffany Fortune is an honest look at the world of wealth and privilege, told with no holes barred by an insider. It is a generous slice of history - local, national, and worldwide - set against individual stuggles of love, family , career and posterity. And ultimately it [is] the story of who its author is. As it turns out, he is someone well worth knowing.

John Ruddy, New London Day

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