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Kid Carolina : R.J. Reynolds, Jr., a tobacco fortune, and the mysterious death of a Southern icon

Author: Heidi Schnakenberg
Publisher: New York : Center Street, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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An intimate look at the dramatic, tumultuous life and mysterious death of Dick Reynolds, tobacco fortune heir, business tycoon, cultural obsession, and true American icon. The Reynolds tobacco family was an American dynasty like the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Astors. R.J. "Dick" Reynolds Jr. was born into privilege and decadence, but his disastrous personal life eventually destroyed almost every relationship he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: R J Reynolds; R J Reynolds
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heidi Schnakenberg
ISBN: 9781599951034 1599951037
OCLC Number: 318878493
Description: xiv, 333 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The patriarch --
Favorite son --
Life after R.J. --
Crashing with the stock market --
Tragedy at Reynolda --
Love, yachts, and politics --
Love and war --
Destiny calls --
Dick and Muriel's secret affair --
On the run --
Return to Sapelo Island --
Cracks in the romance --
Le divorce --
Winston-Salem society --
Smith --
Things fall apart --
Darien --
North Carolina's Prince of Wales : the mystery.
Other Titles: R.J. Reynolds, Jr., a tobacco fortune, and the mysterious death of a Southern icon
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An intimate look at the dramatic, tumultuous life and mysterious death of Dick Reynolds, tobacco fortune heir, business tycoon, cultural obsession, and true American icon. The Reynolds tobacco family was an American dynasty like the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Astors. R.J. "Dick" Reynolds Jr. was born into privilege and decadence, but his disastrous personal life eventually destroyed almost every relationship he cherished and stole his health at a relatively young age. Dick Reynolds was dubbed "Kid Carolina" when as a teenager, he ran away from home and stowed away as part of the crew on a freighter. For the rest of his life he would turn to the sea, instead of his friends and family, for comfort. Dick disappeared for months at a time, leading the dual life of a business mogul and troubled soul, both of which became legendary. Despite his personal demons, Dick played a pivotal role in shaping twentieth-century America through his business savvy and politics. He developed Delta and Eastern Airlines, single handedly secured FDR's third term election, and served as mayor of Winston-Salem, where his tobacco fortune was built. Yet below the gilded surface lay a turbulent life of alcoholism, infidelity, and loneliness. His chaotic existence culminated in a surprise fourth marriage and was shortly followed by a strange death, the end of a life every bit as awe-inspiring as it was disturbing.

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