A senior executive once compared him to a tiger. Faith, who knows how to tell a story with vivacity. Sam — the patriarch and, in his time, probably the most powerful figure the liquor industry had ever known. The stake in DuPont was sold, and the money reinvested in Universal, the film and theme-park empire. His only weakness was sentimentality. The stake in DuPont was sold, and the money reinvested in Universal, the film and theme-park empire. Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind.
Moreover—and unlike virtually all other business empires of Canadian origin—Seagram was a world force. The continuing fascination of the—largely mythical—Mr. Moreover it is full of the romance and sex largely absent in the real-life story. So my brother the lawyer, and a relatively smooth and calm one for that matter, was treated worst of all. Hard though Richler was on Mr.
But in the 1990s, Edgar allowed his second son, Edgar Jr. For a start, like many self-educated men he was astonishingly well read, apt to quote reams of poetry—a special favorite was Tennyson—as he told Robertson his discovery of suitable retail premises in Montreal was the result of the skirts of happy chance, a direct quote from the poet. Then came the final disaster when the increasingly divided family sold out to Jean-Marie Messier, overreaching empire builder of Vivendi, the French conglomerate. Moreover it was felt that Mr. Sam was so self-obsessed that he simply could not imagine the existence of any rivalry. But the story of this amazing family over the past century is about more than booze and business.
I was slowed down by his long awkward sentences and unending attributions. The characters in the family are interesting. The Bronfmans were admired, hated, feared. Great expectations, great deceptions -- 7. Normally he was soft-spoken, but he was famous for his frequent and explosive bouts of anger. He could award Solomon with all the positive aspects of his character leaving his brother Bernard with all the disagreeable ones—including the senility that he claimed—totally unfairly—marked the last years of Mr.
The story of the Bronfman family is a fascinating and improbable saga. French Canadians consumed by self-pity; the descendants of Scots who fled the Duke of Cumberland, c Irish the famine; and Jews the Black Hundreds. Faith's inability to deal with this fact almost ruins the book. Abe Klein, his court poet and speechwriter, called him the maestro. Faith, who knows how to tell a story with vivacity.
Sozio Charles elected to remain in Montreal. They were Jews in an anti-Semitic social atmosphere, distillers and bootleggers in a country where the temperance movement was almost as strong as it was in the United States. He retorted simply, No, I meant it. In his entry in Current Biography Sam excused the concentration of power in his hands as a result of the sad example set by the family that had owned Seagram, the distillers he bought in the mid-1920s. As MacLennan writes, Historically Jewish fortunes were made in areas like retail trade or real estate, not the traditional sources of wealth and power of the Canadian establishment of the time. He never learned to swim and when his family persuaded him to row he never strayed more than a few yards from the shore.
Clearly the Bronfman name, and the story behind it, has not lost its capacity to intrigue, and even frighten, the most sophisticated of onlookers. Certainly it was interesting to get info about personalities involved. The story of this amazing family is about more than booze and business. You might want to read this book but keep one eye over your shoulder wide ope for the whole truth. Nevertheless, in the 1980s he masterminded a major coup when he translated a small investment in oil made by his father into a 25 percent stake in the mighty DuPont company. Respect walks hand in hand with integrity. But in the 1990s, Edgar allowed his second son, Edgar Jr.
Then came the final disaster when the increasingly divided family sold out to Jean-Marie Messier, overreaching empire builder of Vivendi, the French conglomerate. The Bronfman saga starts in the 1890s in the bleak plains of Saskatchewan and ends just over a century later with a disastrous agreement reached in the gilded salons of a French conglomerate. I read the Richler book and loved it but not sure why Faith needs to keep coming back to it? But the better one knows the Bronfman story the nastier the book appears, the more references emerge, including—inevitably vicious—references to the suicide of one member of the family, and the departure of another into an Eastern cult. More than a decade after his death Richler remains a greatly loved eccentric in Montreal and not just—or especially—within the Jewish community. Sam was not the best the race could offer at a time when Jews were acutely conscious of the need to present only the most honest and respected members of their race to the world.
But in the 1990s, Edgar allowed his second son, Edgar Jr. This was partly because respectable, competent whites steered clear of so disreputable a business, but Mr. But at the same time, he remained in charge of the liquor business, which started to stagnate—indeed, to fall apart. He has written twenty-three books, including The Winemakers of Bordeaux and Safety in Numbers: The Mysterious World of Swiss Banking. In fact he hated sacking people and when he did would usually retract the dismissal sooner rather than later—one executive claimed to have been sacked at least three times. In 2003, he notes, New York magazine called Edgar Jr.