Books: Gaggle of Googs

THE GUGGENHEIMS: AN AMERICAN EPIC by John H. Davis Morrow; 608 pages; $14.95

Like many patriarchs, Meyer Guggenheim loved to speak to his family in maxims. One was: "Roasted pigeons do not fly into one's mouth." Another required a little elaboration. Pulling out a bundle of seven sticks, one representing each son, he asked each to break it. When none could, Meyer pressed his point: "Together you are invincible. Singly, each of you may be easily broken. Stay together, my sons, and the world will be yours."

The lessons were not lost. Together, the...

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