George Howe Colt believes that he would be an entirely different man had he not grown up in a family of four brothers. In Brothers, he movingly recounts the adoration, envy, rivalry, affection, anger, and compassion in their shifting relationships from childhood through middle age.In alternate chapters, Colt moves from a quest to understand how his own brothers shaped his life to an examination of the complex relationships between iconic brothers in history. Listeners will learn how Edwin Booth grew up to become the greatest actor on the nineteenth-century American stage while his younger brother John grew up to assassinate a president. They will discover how Will Kellogg worked for his older brother John Harvey as a subservient yes-man for two decades until he finally broke free and launched the cereal empire that outlasted all his brother's enterprises. The author also relates how Vincent van Gogh would never have survived without the support of his younger brother, Theo; how Henry David Thoreau's life was shadowed by the early death of his older brother, John; and how the Marx brothers collaborated on the screen but competed offstage for women, money, and fame.Illuminating and affecting, this book will be revelatory for anyone curious about how thoroughly a man's life can be molded by his brothers.
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"George Colt's interesting and informative study of brothers, his own and famous examples from history, may interest those of us with brothers of our own more than those without--but that's still a lot of people. David Drummond narrates with excellent attention to detail, letting the sentences do what they were crafted to do, never letting his own mind wander, or the listener's. Colt offers wise insights about how brothers' bonds evolve over time; the book is studded with juicy nuggets about the Kelloggs, the Booths, the Thoreaus, the van Goghs, and others. If Colt's own brothers' deep adult connection to one another, after some blistering childhood and adolescent rivalries, is less entertaining than the family dysfunction that is the stuff of fiction, it is thoroughly enviable. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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