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The Resource Spanning the century : the life of W. Averell Harriman 1891-1986, Rudy Abramson

Spanning the century : the life of W. Averell Harriman 1891-1986, Rudy Abramson

Label
Spanning the century : the life of W. Averell Harriman 1891-1986
Title
Spanning the century
Title remainder
the life of W. Averell Harriman 1891-1986
Statement of responsibility
Rudy Abramson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Averell Harriman was born in 1891 during the presidency of Benjamin Harrison, the life expectancy for the American male was fifty years. The telephone was a new invention, radio was still in the future, and trolley cars were drawn by horses. When he died in 1986 at the age of ninety-four, during the Reagan administration, the final cables of his unique diplomatic career were transmitted by satellite; and he returned from the last of his more than a hundred round trips across the Atlantic aboard the Concorde supersonic airliner. Under any circumstances, his accomplishments would have been remarkable; as it is, his life, perhaps more than any other individual's, can be seen as a metaphor for the history of America in the twentieth century. Socially, he was born the son of one of the richest and most vilified men in America, made his mark as an international sportsman and playboy, and popularized downhill skiing in the United States. Financially, quite apart from the fortune to which he was heir, he was an international banker, early aviation pioneer, railroad executive, and assembler of America's largest merchant fleet, as well as one of the first Westerners to do business on a major scale in the Soviet Union. Politically, he was governor of New York and twice an unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate, besides being an adviser to every Democratic president from Franklin Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter. Diplomatically, he was, during World War II, Washington's Lend-Lease administrator in London and ambassador to Moscow; and, during the Vietnam conflict, at an age well past seventy, he negotiated the neutralization of Laos, concluded a nuclear test ban treaty with Moscow, and was chief of the American delegation seeking peace with North Vietnam. Romantically, his three marriages made news on and off the society pages. Spanning the Century is the first fullscale biography of this amazing figure, and in the years to come, it will probably become regarded as the definitive one as well. Begun over a decade ago, the book was written with the no-strings-attached blessings of Harriman himself, who gave the author exclusive access to his personal papers and archives, consented to many hours of interviews, and asked members of his family and friends to lend their unrestricted support. Among the primary sources the author tracked down were papers filling nearly fifty filing cabinets in the subject's basement storage room; correspondence and records left by Harriman's mother at the family estate; documents, clippings, and memorabilia at the Harriman estate office at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. offices on Wall Street; almost one thousand linear feet of gubernatorial papers; overflowing files deposited in a Brooklyn warehouse; and more than half a century of material in the archives of the Union Pacific Railroad offices. In addition, Rudy Abramson conducted approximately two hundred interviews with people who knew Averell Harriman in both public and private life, many of whom are since deceased. The result is a biography as rich, memorable and distinguished as the life of the man it portrays
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Abramson, Rudy
Dewey number
  • 973.9/092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E748.H35
LC item number
A64 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Harriman, W. Averell
  • Statesmen
  • Governors
Label
Spanning the century : the life of W. Averell Harriman 1891-1986, Rudy Abramson
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223025798399
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 739-746) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Roots : progeny of a rich Englishman -- Rails : rise of the little giant -- Averell : son of the railroad man -- Yale : bones, the boathouse, and a bride -- Ships : Harriman II, steamship king -- Mines : maganese, Moscow, and Trotsky -- Playboy : a moment at Meadow Brook -- Banker : mergers, partners, wings, and a crash -- Trainman : Little Zip, Challenger, and Ketchum, Idaho -- New Deal : FDR, General Johnson, and the Blue Eagle -- London : anchoring the lifeline -- Pamela : a country girl from Dorset -- Second front : encore at the Kremlin -- Moscow : the patriotic war at Spaso House -- Stalin : selling the same horse twice -- Truman : field general at the Talleyrand -- Korea : helping Dean -- Iran : oil, mullahs, and Mosaddeq -- Politics : Truman's choice? -- Governor : Tammany's choice -- Losing : a million votes in Buffalo -- New generation : days of the crocodile -- Vietnam : backing strong men -- Ambassador for peace : an uncertain mandate -- Paris : peace and politics -- Georgetown : dinner at Mrs. Graham's
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
779 p., [24] p. of plates
Isbn
9780688043520
Lccn
91042483
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
24848400
Label
Spanning the century : the life of W. Averell Harriman 1891-1986, Rudy Abramson
Publication
Bar code
31223025798399
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 739-746) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Roots : progeny of a rich Englishman -- Rails : rise of the little giant -- Averell : son of the railroad man -- Yale : bones, the boathouse, and a bride -- Ships : Harriman II, steamship king -- Mines : maganese, Moscow, and Trotsky -- Playboy : a moment at Meadow Brook -- Banker : mergers, partners, wings, and a crash -- Trainman : Little Zip, Challenger, and Ketchum, Idaho -- New Deal : FDR, General Johnson, and the Blue Eagle -- London : anchoring the lifeline -- Pamela : a country girl from Dorset -- Second front : encore at the Kremlin -- Moscow : the patriotic war at Spaso House -- Stalin : selling the same horse twice -- Truman : field general at the Talleyrand -- Korea : helping Dean -- Iran : oil, mullahs, and Mosaddeq -- Politics : Truman's choice? -- Governor : Tammany's choice -- Losing : a million votes in Buffalo -- New generation : days of the crocodile -- Vietnam : backing strong men -- Ambassador for peace : an uncertain mandate -- Paris : peace and politics -- Georgetown : dinner at Mrs. Graham's
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
779 p., [24] p. of plates
Isbn
9780688043520
Lccn
91042483
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
24848400

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