The Silver Swan by Sallie Bingham audiobook

The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke

By Sallie Bingham
Read by Donna Postel

Tantor Audio 9780374142599

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665199957

  • ISBN: 9781665199940

  • ISBN: 9781665199964

Runtime: 10.78 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In The Silver Swan, Sallie Bingham chronicles one of the great underexplored lives of the twentieth century and the very archetype of the modern woman. "Don't touch that girl, she'll burn your fingers," FBI director J. Edgar Hoover once said about Doris Duke, the inheritor of James Buchanan Duke's billion-dollar tobacco fortune. During her lifetime, she would be blamed for scorching many, including her mother and various ex-lovers. She established her first foundation when she was twenty-one; cultivated friendships with the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Imelda Marcos, and Michael Jackson; flaunted interracial relationships; and adopted a thirty-two-year-old woman she believed to be the reincarnation of her deceased daughter.

Even though Duke was the subject of constant scrutiny, little beyond the tabloid accounts of her behavior has been publicly known. In 2012, when eight hundred linear feet of her personal papers were made available, Sallie Bingham set out to probe her identity. She found an alluring woman whose life was forged in the Jazz Age, who was not only an early war correspondent but also an environmentalist, a surfer, a collector of Islamic art, a savvy businesswoman who tripled her father's fortune, and a major philanthropist with wide-ranging passions from dance to historic preservation to human rights.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Donna Postel does a satisfying narration of this biography of Doris Duke (1912-1993). AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Sallie Bingham

Author Bio: Sallie Bingham

Sallie Bingham is the author of numerous books-most notably her memoir Passion and Prejudice (Knopf, 1989), but also several novels, four story collections, three poetry collections, and several plays produced off-Broadway and regionally. She was book editor for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, has been a director of the National Book Critics Circle, and is the founder of The Kentucky Foundation for Women. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, McDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 10.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English