The Last American Aristocrat by Nelson D. Lankford
The Biography of Ambassador David K.E. Bruce, 1898-1977

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David Bruce was the last of a kind - a wealthy American, country squire, spymaster and diplomat - whose friends ranged from Ernest Hemingway to Averill Harriman. This biography describes his military career, his two marriages and his diplomatic service as ambassador to France, Britain and China.
 

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Nelson Lankford is a resident of Richmond.
 
Published August 19, 1996 by Little, Brown and Company. 496 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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After marrying Ailsa Mellon, one of the wealthiest women in the world, Bruce became a confidant and art adviser to his father-in-law Andrew Mellon, one of the wealthiest men in the world.

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Elegantly written and solidly researched, this first biography by Lankford, editor of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vividly evokes one of the last members of the affluent transnational elite who dominated postwar American foreign policy.

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