Each of these books explores the lives of very different women, each from different countries and how each of them left their mark on history. The Richest Woman in America, The Story of Hetty Green by Janet Wallach tells the story of America's first female tycoon, nicknamed by the press as "The Witch of Wall Street". But those who knew her admired her wit and wisdom. She amassed a fortune that would be equal to about $2.5 billion today. Proust's Duchess by Caroline Weber takes us to Paris, France, and three very different women who also put their stamp on the fin-de-siecle or end of the 19th century. They were Comtesse Adheaume de Chevigne, Genevieve Halevy Bizet Straus, and Elisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay. The culmination of the three women was the inspiration for Marcel Proust's great novel, In Search of Lost Time. The last of this book collection is the captivating Those Wild Wyndhams, Three Sisters at the Heart of Power by Claudia Renton. In this volume, the author gives us a dazzling portrait of one of England's grandest and noblest families, from the privilege and bliss of the Victorian era through the Gilded Age.
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