Village Square Booksellers carries an extensive selection of Vermont & New Hampshire book titles. These are a few bestsellers in our local history section
Around Bellows Falls: Rockingham, Westminster, and Saxtons River by Anne L Collin, Virgina Lisai, Louise Luring. With more than two hundred vintage photographs, the book explores the fascinating history of these southern Vermont communities. At the time the book was published, Anne L. Collins is the historian of the United Church of Bellows Falls, Virginia Lisai is the president of the Westminster Historical Society, and Louise Luring is the president of the Saxtons River Historical Society. The images they present are from the Rockingham Public Library, the Westminster Historical Society, the Saxtons River Historical Society, and private collections. Arcadia
Bellows Falls, Saxtons River and Westminster: A History in Postcards paints a lively portrait of three of Vermont's most beloved communities along the Connecticut River. Postcards are a delightful medium that, through the years, have become historic ephemera. In this charming volume, historian and author Anne Collins has captured the spirit of Vermont through postcards?all celebrating the heritage of Bellows Falls and its environs. Historic homes, fascinating people and the pastoral beauty of days gone by, all are here, along with an intriguing and informative history of the region.
Slack looks beyond the lore and historical prejudices to reveal the real Hetty Green, known as the "Witch of Wall Street," who dueled with the giants of the Gilded Age and amassed a fortune of $100 million before women had the right to vote. A full century before Martha Stewart, Oprah, and Madonna became icons, generations before women swept through Wall Street, and decades before they even had the right to vote, there was Hetty Green, America's richest woman, who stood alone among the roguish giants of the Gilded Age as the first lady of capitalism and is remembered as the Witch of Wall Street. At the time of her death in 1916, Hetty Green's personal fortune was estimated at $100 million ($1.6 billion today), and the financial empire she built on real estate and railroads rivaled that of Andrew Carnegie, Jay Gould, J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and some of the nation's biggest banks. Today, Hetty Green ranks near the top of America's list of greatest financiers, in company with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and billionaire-investor Warren Buffett. But in history books she has remained merely a footnote, a miser and an eccentric, whose character flaws and personal choices unjustly overshadowed her remarkable accomplishments on the fierce battlefield of American industry and commerce. In Hetty, Charles Slack reexamines the life, work, and conflicted legacy of the exceptionally resourceful, ruthless, and inimitable woman who turned a comfortable inheritance into a fortune through instinct, courage, cunning, greed, and determination to succeed at a man's game on her own terms: from her childhood in the Quaker community of New Bedford, Massachusetts, where she learned about business by reading financial papers to her father, to the battle over her inheritance that was one of the most controversial legal cases of her time; from her collisions with railroad magnate Collis Huntington to her rescue of New York City from financial ruin. Looking well beyond the lore and historical prejudices, Charles Slack presents a full portrait of a true American original, a female Citizen Kane who, having turned away from the conventions of her time, as a woman, a wife, a mother, and a mogul, led a life of a different sort, with occasionally tragic results, becoming both a hero and a victim of her era. Above all, it is a story of an uncompromising, larger-than-life, flawed woman who ruled a vast financial empire but was known, simply, as Hetty. Harper Collins
Janet Wallach's engrossing biography reveals striking parallels between past financial crises and current recession woes, and speaks not only to history buffs but to today's investors, who just might learn a thing or two from Hetty Green.