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Frederick Gilbert Bourne Forgotten Titan Of The Gilded Age: A Biography Paperback – May 1, 2017
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The words come to life on the pages of the book and paints a picture of the life of Frederick Bourne and his contributions to society. The book moves on from chapter to chapter and is not ever stale or boring.
In the world we live in now with ruthless billionaires at the helm, we are reminded of compassion and generosity of a man who came from humble beginnings and shared his wealth because he wanted to be good to others knowing they could never repay him.
Philip Selvaggio puts Long Island back on the map and makes you proud to live there. If you grew up in Oakdale it gives you a sense of pride knowing we had a real man in Frederick Bourne who truly put his money where his mouth is and was a humanitarian ahead of his time.
If all history books were this well written students would absorb knowledge and not find social studies boring and might actually enjoy history.
This book should be required reading for all Long Island schools to illustrate that hard work pays off however, compassion and charity from the heart is more gratifying and rewarding when you share with the less fortunate because it's the right thing to do.
This reader hopes that Mr. Selvaggio continues to write more books. Because his first book is best seller material in my humble opinion.
In this intriguing new biography, Philip Selvaggio chronicles Bourne's ascent from near poverty to being one of the wealthiest men in America. Owning the finest estate on the Gold Coast of Long Island, he also built the then tallest building in the world, The Singer Tower in Manhattan. But he was far more than just the president of the first multi-national, multi-million dollar company in America- The Singer Sewing Machine Company. Bourne was an intellectual with deep moral convictions, personal charm and the Singer Sewing Machine planted a seed for the liberation of women throughout the world.
Frederick Gilbert Bourne- Forgotten Titan of the Gilded Age harkens the reader back to a time when great men embraced new technology and helped change the world. But Bourne was not merely someone who masterfully marketed machinery- he was a philanthopist with a huge heart, captured lovingly and in great detail by author Selvaggio, who devoted three and a half years of his life in researching the book.
Not just a rags to riches turn of the century tale, Bourne's life was also riddled with tragedy. He lost multiple children while coping with a chronically ill wife, survived a massive fire to his estate, and faced other traumas that would have felled lesser men.
Also of note, Bourne was a topnotch boxer, avid horseman, yachtsman, hunter, automobile afficionado, and has a direct historic connection with The Titanic, John Lennon and The World Trade Center. His Oakdale Mansion (Indian Neck) and Singer Tower remains awe-inspiring architectural works.
The chapter on his passing, as his children played his favorite music on the piano, is deeply moving and memorable.
If you're a fan of forgotten history, Bourne, an Oakdale, Long Island resident's amazing true story will most certainly inspire you.