Mark McGinness

To the brownstone born: WASPS, by Michael Knox Beran, reviewed

A sweeping study of the WASP assembles a cast of characters from Astors and Auchinclosses to Whartons and Woodwards with chaotic exuberance and zip

WASP life: Alice Roosevelt Longworth and her two-year-old daughter pictured in 1927 on their way to have lunch with Alice’s husband, Nicholas Longworth, Speaker of the House of Representatives. Credit: Bettman/Getty Images

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