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Gods of Newport

John Jakes

In the late nineteenth century, Newport, Rhode Island, was a cauldron of money, excess, and unapologetic greed, where reputations were made and lost in a whirlwind of parties and fancied slights. But amid the glamour of yacht races, tennis matches, and costume balls raged undeclared class warfare, scandalous doings, even madness. In 1893, railroad mogul Sam Driver, one of the few surviving robber barons of the lawless years after the Civil War, knocks on the door of fabled Newport with his daughter, Jenny, determined not to be turned away. In the past, his "new money" was tainted by his rapacious reputation, and even now, an enemy with a pedigree of wealth and position vows to slam every door in Sam's face. But he is determined to win a place in the strange rarefied world of Newport's brief summer season, presided over by social gadflies Ward McAllister and the androgynous Harry Lehr, both of whom will assist the Drivers...for a price. The Gods of Newport brings this gilded age of excess to thrilling life. It was a time and place whose extremes of greed, conspicuous consumption, and social striving have an astonishing resonance and relevance for the America we see around us today.

In the late nineteenth century, Newport, Rhode Island, was a cauldron of money, excess, and unapologetic greed, where reputations were made and lost in a whirlwind of parties and fancied slights. But amid the glamour of yacht races, tennis matches, and costume balls raged undeclared class warfare, scandalous doings, even madness. In 1893, railroad mogul Sam Driver, one of the few surviving robber barons of the lawless years after the Civil War, knocks on the door of fabled Newport with his daughter, Jenny, determined not to be turned away. In the past, his "new money" was tainted by his rapacious reputation, and even now, an enemy with a pedigree of wealth and position vows to slam every door in Sam's face. But he is determined to win a place in the strange rarefied world of Newport's brief summer season, presided over by social gadflies Ward McAllister and the androgynous Harry Lehr, both of whom will assist the Drivers...for a price. The Gods of Newport brings this gilded age of excess to thrilling life. It was a time and place whose extremes of greed, conspicuous consumption, and social striving have an astonishing resonance and relevance for the America we see around us today.
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In the late nineteenth century, Newport, Rhode Island, was a cauldron of money, excess, and unapologetic greed, where reputations were made and lost in a whirlwind of parties and fancied slights. But amid the glamour of yacht races, tennis matches, and costume balls raged undeclared class warfare, scandalous doings, even madness. In 1893, railroad mogul Sam Driver, one of the few surviving robber barons of the lawless years after the Civil War, knocks on the door of fabled Newport with his daughter, Jenny, determined not to be turned away. In the past, his "new money" was tainted by his rapacious reputation, and even now, an enemy with a pedigree of wealth and position vows to slam every door in Sam's face. But he is determined to win a place in the strange rarefied world of Newport's brief summer season, presided over by social gadflies Ward McAllister and the androgynous Harry Lehr, both of whom will assist the Drivers...for a price. The Gods of Newport brings this gilded age of excess to thrilling life. It was a time and place whose extremes of greed, conspicuous consumption, and social striving have an astonishing resonance and relevance for the America we see around us today.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jack Garrett

Length:

12h 20m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

03:30


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:43


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

21:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

19:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

16:34


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

24:32


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

14:26


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:15


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

33:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

10:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

19:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

28:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

11:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

19:13


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

15:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

15:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

10:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

10:16


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

13:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

11:49


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

10:43