On Green Spring Farm: The Life and Times of One Family in Fairfax County, Virginia, 1942-1966
Michael StraightISBN: 0934160058;
Book DescriptionOne family ? but not just any family: one of America?s first families, whose lives were intimately and indelibly intertwined with the basic fabric of this country. Powerful but altruisic, artistic yet activist, a family whose story is the history of mid-twentieth-century America. "On Green Spring Farm" is a memoir ? a series of short anecdotal vignettes, based on journal entries ? chronicling two decades of our American history. Unifying the tales is the ever-present backdrop of what is now known as Green Spring Gardens Park, a public garden and Manor House in Virginia. The stories range from the back-room politics of Democratic campaigns for Harry Truman and Adlai Stevenson and the founding of the American Veterans Committee, to Jackie Kennedy?s "appropriation" of a family portrait of James Monroe to beautify her White House ? all interspersed with colloquial family tales of pets, vacations, illnesses, theatricals and hair-raising...
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