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My Three Fathers: And the Elegant Deceptions of My Mother, Susan Mary Alsop

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Bill Patten grew up in the heart of privileged society to American parents—a debutante mother, a diplomatic father—stationed in Europe. Weekends away from his English boarding school were often spent at the regal country estates of important policy makers and historical figures of the mid-twentieth century. When Bill was twelve years old, his father, William Patten, died, and his mother remarried the renowned columnist Joe Alsop. Patten was swept into Washington during the Kennedy years, where he bore witness to his stepfather's legendary power-brokering, and watched a very different father figure at work.

In 1996, when he was forty-seven years old, Bill Patten learned that his biological father was not William Patten, but the noted English diplomat, Duff Cooper. In this quest to know his triumvirate of fathers, Bill Patten offers an unforgettable memoir. My Three Fathers is a search for identity—and a luscious chronicle of a fascinating, bygone era of American aristocracy.

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William S. Patten, who celebrated his 60th birthday on July 4, believed until 13 years ago that he was the son of his namesake, also William S. Patten, a privileged New Englander who had married his equally privileged mother, Susan Mary Jay, in 1939. Then, in 1995, when he and his sister, Anne, took their 77-year-old mother from her residence in Georgetown to a clinic in Minnesota for "intervention"... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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A son of the American aristocracy chronicles his glamorous childhood among the Washington elite—and comes to terms with his complicated lineage

About the Author

Bill Patten is a businessman with thirty years experience in real estate development. From 1978 to 1996 he published weekly newspapers in Maine. He has three children, two stepchildren, and three grandchildren. He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, with his wife and stepdaughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586485559
Subtitle:
And the Elegant Deceptions of My Mother, Susan Mary Alsop
Author:
Patten, William
Author:
Patten, William S.
Author:
Patten, Bill
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Children of celebrities
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Cooper, Duff
Subject:
Alsop, Joseph
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080701
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 24 oz

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