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A Dangerous Woman: American Beauty, Noted Philanthropist, Nazi Collaborator - The Life of Florence Gould

A Dangerous Woman American Beauty Noted Philanthropist Nazi Collaborator The Life of Florence Gould A revealing biography of Florence Gould fabulously wealthy socialite and patron of the arts who hid a dark past as a Nazi collaborator in s Paris Born in turn of the century San Francisco to Fr

  • Title: A Dangerous Woman: American Beauty, Noted Philanthropist, Nazi Collaborator - The Life of Florence Gould
  • Author: Susan Ronald
  • ISBN: 9781250092212
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A revealing biography of Florence Gould, fabulously wealthy socialite and patron of the arts, who hid a dark past as a Nazi collaborator in 1940 s Paris.Born in turn of the century San Francisco to French parents, Florence moved to Paris, aged eleven Believing that only money brought respectability and happiness, she became the third wife of Frank Jay Gould, son of the raA revealing biography of Florence Gould, fabulously wealthy socialite and patron of the arts, who hid a dark past as a Nazi collaborator in 1940 s Paris.Born in turn of the century San Francisco to French parents, Florence moved to Paris, aged eleven Believing that only money brought respectability and happiness, she became the third wife of Frank Jay Gould, son of the railway millionaire Jay Gould She guided Frank s millions into hotels and casinos, creating a luxury hotel and casino empire She entertained Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Kennedy, and many Hollywood stars, like Charlie Chaplin, who became her lover While the party ended for most Americans after the Crash of 1929, Frank and Florence refused to go home During the Occupation, Florence took several German lovers and hosted a controversial salon As the Allies closed in, the unscrupulous Florence became embroiled in a notorious money laundering operation for fleeing high ranking Nazis.Yet after the war, not only did she avoid prosecution, but her vast fortune bought her respectability as a significant contributor to the Metropolitan Museum and New York University, among many others It also earned her friends like Estee Lauder who obligingly looked the other way A seductive and utterly amoral woman who loved to say money doesn t care who owns it, Florence s life proved a strong argument that perhaps money can buy happiness after all.

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    1. I found this a fascinating read about a very strong woman who decided one way or another that she would be rich and made it come true. Philanthropist, patron of the arts, Nazi sympathizer. Florence Lacaze (later fancied up to La Caze) was all of these things and more, apparently and had quite a fascinating life. She started out in San Francisco as a child born to French parents and moved to Paris with her mother after the great earthquake at age 11. She went through WWI and eventually ended up t [...]

    2. This extensively researched biography was well written, but all the information was overwhelming. And to spend that much time and energy writing about such a distasteful person!Florence Gould seemed only interested in what was happening in the world around her with regards as to how she could gain from it.

    3. This biography was quite the undertaking--both for the author and for the reader. I had never heard of Florence Gould before, but had heard of the Gould family, so I was going into this with no expectations, other than the title and the synopsis of the book.It seems Florence was living an earlier version of the Kardashian lifestyle, albeit without the constant glare of cameras and social media. Just about every aspect of her life was a paradox. I never really felt that I got to know who Florence [...]

    4. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.First of all, this was a very hard book for me to finish. It is lengthy, at 400 pages, and is chock-full of details which seems to be overwhelming at times. Second, Florence Gould was not a likable person. She was a despicable woman, and I don’t use that word lightly. This biography details how Florence used her wealth and social standing to become a patron of the arts. Her 1983 obituary li [...]

    5. The title says it all: American beauty, noted philanthropist, Nazi collaborator. This is a compelling, well written tale of a vain, money-grasping woman, who constantly re-invented herself to suit the moment. Author Susan Ronald does well with the material at hand to unpick the intricately woven pieces of Florence's life as there is still much documentation that is kept under lock and key, and thus inaccessible to the author.Susan Ronald describes this elusive woman as one who "craved significan [...]

    6. ** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **Susan Ronald’s biography of Florence Gould, A Dangerous Woman peeks into the life and times of a unique and intriguing woman.Florence Gould was a socialite and Nazi collaborator. She was a woman who went after what she wanted, no matter what she had to do to get it. This book is filled with a lot of history but few concrete facts on Gould herself.This was a rather dry and tedious read. I felt as though I was reading a history textbook, which [...]

    7. I received a copy of this book from a giveaway.I read quite a few biographies, and it is rare to read one in which the author appears overwhelming negative about their subject. Granted, I think we can all agree that collaborating with the Nazis was not cool, but it's still a little odd. The overall work wasn't bad, but the author notes that she wasn't given access to the Florence Gould archives, and this is an instance where having that access would have greatly improved the outcome. Seems a li [...]

    8. A Dangerous Woman illuminated life in France during the 1920's through the 1940's in a totally different way for me:. . . I am familiar with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's playful period on the Riviera;. . . I enjoyed reading about Gerald and Sara Murphy's golden times as American's abroad;. . . and I was intrigued by Coco Chanel's life at the Hotel Ritz during WW2; BUT, I was not prepared for this in-depth and very troubling tale of a woman whose ambition and quest for riches was so powerful that [...]

    9. A Dangerous Woman is an indepth look at Florence Gould's life. It was a very interesting read. She was an active participant in the political and social circles of France and Germany. She interacted with the movers and shakers of the era. It was interesting to read the value of her estate. The Gould Foundation refused to give the author access to their archives, but she managed to produce a good biography based on the sources she utilized. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy.

    10. "Florence understood instinctively that beauty, as well as money, was power; and she had both in abundance."Florence Gould was an intelligent, conniving, self-centered, savvy business woman, but most of all she was a survivor.  She survived the San Francisco earthquake and fire as a child, a major flood in France, World War I and World War II.  Her survival skills came into play again with her questionable connections with top officials of The Third Reich which was a contention with FBI Direct [...]

    11. Florence Gould was a master at spinning a story and at making things work to her advantage. As the third wife of Frank Gould, Florence engineered their success in hotels and casinos on the Riviera in the 1930’s, and had many friends in the arts who were pleased to be part of her circle. During World War II, Florence was associated with a money laundering scheme for the Nazis, and somehow avoided prosecution after the war was over. She then reinvented herself once again, and became a patron of [...]

    12. Reading biographies and/or memoirs isn't always easy to do, especially when the subject of the book is a person you vehemently disagree with. A Dangerous Woman is an in-depth and sometimes intense peek into the life of Florence Gould. It's a tough book to read because it deals with someone who only looked out for herself during a time when major political and human atrocities occurred. Now, once I got beyond my personal feelings for Gould, it was interesting to read about her motivation and driv [...]

    13. I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley for an honest review. I had heard of the Gould family but not Florence. This woman seems very cunning, the fact that she wanted a certain lifestyle and did whatever was needed to live that life. I was a bit overwhelmed with all the information but stuck it out and found the ending was worth it. I think the best part of the book details her activities during the Nazi occupation of France. Florence was a hard-headed woman determined to get what she want [...]

    14. This book just goes to show that if you have money and influence, you can get away with anything.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher St. Martin's Press via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    15. Thanks St. Martin's Press and netgalley for this ARC.This book reads like a thrilling historical novel. It should be made into a movie pronto. We can't condemn those that made bad choices in the past or we'll never be able to learn from their mistakes.

    16. Thank you to netgalley for providing me with this book for a fair review.This story just was not for me. I could not get interested in this woman or her life in either San Francisco or Europe. I tried but could not finish.

    17. A woman who liked to mix with the rich& famous.Hollywood parties her playground.Yet this socialite was a Nazi Collaberator .A story of a very complicated woman.Thanks to NetGalley to St.Martins for advance copy,

    18. Not my favorite biography. There was a lot of fact-telling when this could have been a wonderful, suck-you-in tale.

    19. What can we say about Florence Gould? That she was an opportunist who knew how to get and live the "good life", regardless of what was going on out in the world? Yes, that's pretty much it. From the beginning of the book to the end, author Susan Ronald paints the portrait of a woman who goes after what she wants, usually gets it, and likes eating, drinking and being merry. Even if that meant eating, drinking and being merry with Nazis when so many others in France were starving, freezing or bein [...]

    20. Beautiful, wealthy and clever, Florence Lacaze had a great ambition. She wanted to be an opera singer. However, it was easier for her to marry wealthy men and when she eventually married Frank Jay Gould, she hit the jackpot! She and Frank cut a swathe through the Riviera with their lavish hotel and casino businesses but they associated with swindlers and thieves, and scandals would eventually follow them. These were nothing, however, compared with Florence’s extremely questionable activities d [...]

    21. Florence Gould: Socialite, Empire Builder, Nazi Collaborator, PhilanthropistFlorence Gould’s French parents did very well in turn-of-the-century San Francisco amassing a substantial real estate portfolio. The San Francisco earthquake changed all that. Although the family was safe, the buildings were damaged or destroyed. Florence’s mother fearing a worse catastrophe took her daughters to France. From an early age, Florence knew exactly what she wanted: money and love. Marrying Frank Gould, s [...]

    22. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher. and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book. Florence Gould was a wealthy socialite, running in circles with Hollywood stars, politicians and famous writers. She was also a Nazi collaborator. This was an interesting, well -written story of an immoral woman and her life.

    23. Wow, what a selfish, awful woman! I can't believe someone wanted to spend so much time on her. I didn't see what redeeming qualities she had that would make us want to know more about her- other then learning what not to do. The book was obviously well researched and well written, just the subject was so displeasing and frustrating to me.

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