Waiting For Uncle John

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"Fast-paced . . . colorful"
-- Foreign Affairs

"Enjoyed immensely"
-- Jorge Dominguez, Harvard University

"A fascinating story very well written. All the genealogical connections are terrific. For those of us in the Kennedy Administration in 1961, the repetitions of attitude and predicament are haunting."
– Thomas L. Hughes, former director of State Department Intelligence and Research, former president of the Carnegie Endowment, author of "Anecdotage".

"Artful . . . thrilling history"
-- Beth Gutcheon, author of "More Than You Know"

"Should be read and reread,"
-- Alejandro Orfila, former Secretary General, Organization of American States

"If only President Kennedy could have read 'Uncle John"
-- Richard Feinberg, author of "Open for Business: Building the New Cuban Economy"


An irresistible, never-before-told historical adventure, Waiting for Uncle John tells the story of how a few regiments of soldiers, armed and supported by leading American politicians, set out to capture Cuba in 1851..

In the turbulent 1850s, American politicians, fluush with victory over Mexico and goaded on by a jingoistic press, set out on the next step to "Manifest Destiny." For the South, Cuba's wealth and quarter million slaves would close the gap with the North, making the two sides equal in the great civil war that loomed.

It is also a story of love, adventure, and divided families. Lucy Holcombe, the headstrong woman who would go on to become "Queen of the South" during the Civil War, is as enamored of the plot against Cuba as she is of the story's protagonist, Col. Will Crittenden, West Point graduate, friend of Ulysses Grant and decorated veteran of the Mexican War.

Will, whose uncle, John J. Crittenden, is U.S. attorney general, has his doubts about Cuba, as does his uncle. But are they strong enough to resist the charms of Miss Holcombe?

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The Paris Herald

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A highly-praised novel about that historic newspaper.

"The world of this book is so completely absorbing and convincing that when you look up, you're amazed to discover you're not in Paris and it isn't 1968. That alone is an achievement and a treat, but for anyone who loves newspapers, this artful novel is a feast. I loved it." - Best-selling novelist Beth Gutcheon.

Famed author Ted Morgan calls it: "a captivating novel, authentic in its depiction of the French at home and Americans abroad."

New Yorker and New York Review of Books writer William Pfaff calls it: "wonderful. I stayed up three successive nights to finish it."

For Charles L. Robertson, author of "The International Herald Tribune," the book: "captures a time that no longer exists. It entertained me and stirred up a lot of memories."

"Greatly enjoyed it. Brings back some good old times in Paris." - Loren Jenkins, senior foreign editor for National Public Radio for 15 years.

"A witty, tender and evocative portrait of Americans in Paris that vividly brings to life the city they loved and made their own." - Ronald Steel, author of the National Book Award winning; "Walter Lippmann and the American Century."

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Misfortunes of Wealth

Misfortunes of Wealth

"Wonderfully structured and written, a gripping work of social history. That it also has the narrative drive of a novel and is so psychologically acute is stunning. I was utterly absorbed while reading it and have been haunted by it since."

-Beth Gutcheon,
Author of Good-bye and Amen, and Leeway Cottage

"A beautifully written and moving work. Put in a generational and social context it sensitively portrays one family's experience and something revealing and moving about American society. It is really magnifcent. I truly couldn't put it down."

-Ronald Steel,
Author of Walter Lippmann and the American Century

Misfortunes of Wealth explores one of American society's endlessly fascinating scenarios, the one where inherited wealth and family intersect, not always to the good. Best of all, the story is true. James Goldsborough takes the reader on a journey beginning with Revolutionary War heroes down through succeeding generations of Civil War notables, industrial titans, an improbable love story with an eleven-year courtship, a couple besotted and befuddled by all that is given them, and finally, a son who not only survives but thrives.

The family tree is populated with such historical families as the Shields, the Crittendens, the Olivers, the Nevilles, and the Craigs; military, political, and industrial leaders of their time.

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Rebel Europe

Rebel Europe: Living with a Changing Continent

Rebel Europe, published by Macmillan, was acclaimed by Sen. J.W. Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as "the most perceptive and profound analysis of the reasons why the influence and prestige of the United States have suffered such a decline during the last twenty years." Flora Lewis, foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times wrote that, "anyone who wonders why Europe is arguing with the U.S. should read this book." Reviewed on the front page of the Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, Books editor Charles Champlin called it, "The most important book I have read in years."

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James O. Goldsborough has written on foreign affairs for four decades, both from the United States and abroad, where he worked as a foreign correspondent for The New York Herald Tribune, International Herald Tribune and Newsweek magazine for 14 years, reporting from more than 40 countries.