Books: Family Feud HOUSE OF DREAMS

by Marie Brenner Random House; 452 pages; $19.95

Every unhappy family may be unhappy in its own way, but few families have had their woes so publicly aired as the Binghams of Kentucky. For nearly seven decades, the Bingham clan owned and ran a media plantation that eventually included the Louisville Times and Courier-Journal, a local TV station and two radio stations. Famous in their own state, the Binghams were something less than household names around the country. But then came that chilly January day in 1986 when the 79-year-old patriarch, Barry Bingham Sr., announced that he was selling the business because of incessant bickering among his son and...

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