Sins of The Fathers

THE PATRIARCH: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BINGHAM DYNASTY by Susan E. Tifft and Alex S. Jones

THE PATRIARCH: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BINGHAM DYNASTY

by Susan E. Tifft and Alex S. Jones; Summit; 574 pages; $24.95

They hobnobbed with Roosevelts and Kennedys, counseled Adlai Stevenson and Lyndon Johnson, entertained the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. At their hereditary mansion they favored English butlers and European decor; even the family charades grew so elaborate that they were pictured in LIFE magazine. But for all this golden splendor, the Binghams of Louisville were not precisely household names, unless your household was in Kentucky, where they owned the dominant newspapers, the Louisville Courier-Journal and Times. The papers built,...

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