“Greed in the Gilded Age The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick” Shows Darker Side of The Gilded Age and Benefits from Renewed Interest in Era Spurred on by Show THE GILDED AGE
CHICAGO, IL, February 22, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — When Bestselling Author William Hazelgrove wrote a book on Cassie Chadwick a woman who lived on millions simply by claiming to be the illeigimate daughter of Andrew Carnegie, he saw it as a story that most people had never heard of in an era that most people didnt care about. That all changed with the HBO show THE GILDED AGE. “I had people coming up to me and saying, well you really timed this one,” Hazelgrove said in a recent interview. “The truth is I had no idea this show even existed even though I am a huge Downton Abby fan and Julian Fellowes was involved…still it wasn’t until the show was out that someone told me about it.”
Greed in the Gilded Age was released on March 15th just after two episodes had aired of THE GILDED AGE. The prepublication reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Library Journal had been very good with Publishers Weekly doing a feature as well. “Now, I never had a feature on one of my books before it came out so I thought that was because this was a woman who really beat the one percent at their own game at a time when women didnt even have the vote…but maybe Publishers Weekly knew something I didn’t,” Hazelgrove continued.
In a crowded book market any little bit of publicity can help and the popularity of THE GILDED AGE has pushed people to look for other tales of this era of greed and opulence. “I think the show sparks peoples curiosity that there was this time where people made millions of untaxed dollars when America was becoming an industrial colossus and that people like Cassie Chadwick who came from nothing became wealthy overnight…of course saying you are Andrew Carnegies daughter is a brilliant con…but this was an age of brilliant cons, it was the Gilded Age.”
William Hazelgrove is the National Bestselling author of ten novels and ten nonfiction titles. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly Kirkus, Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards Junior Library Guild Selections, Literary Guild Selections, History Book Club Selections, History Book Club Bestsellers, Distinguished Book Award. and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today, The Smithsonian Magazine, and other publications and has been featured on NPR All Things Considered. The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, CSPAN, USA Today have all covered his books with features. His book Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith in development He has two forthcoming books. The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick and Writing Gatsby.
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