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The Reynolds tobacco family was an American dynasty like the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Astors. R.J. "Dick" Reynolds Jr. was born into privilege and decadence, but his disastrous personal life eventually destroyed almost every relationship he cherished and stole his health at a relatively young age. Dick Reynolds was dubbed "Kid Carolina" when as a teenager, he ran away from home and stowed away as part of the crew on a freighter. For the rest of his life he'd turn to the sea, instead of his friends and family, for comfort. Dick disappeared for months at a time, leading the duel life of a business mogul and troubled soul, both of which became legendary. Despite his personal demons, Dick played a pivotal role in shaping twentieth-century America through his business savvy and politics. He developed Delta and Eastern Airlines, single handedly secured FDR's third term election, and served as mayor of Winston-Salem, where his tobacco fortune was built. Yet, below the gilded surface lay a turbulent life of alcoholism, infidelity, and loneliness. His chaotic existence culminated in a surprise fourth marriage and was shortly followed by a strange death, the end of a life every bit as awe-inspiring as it was disturbing.
Heidi Scknakenberg is an accomplished writer in many disciplines including narrative non-fiction, screenwriting, political journalism, and creative writing. Her educational background includes NYU's
Tisch School, University of Malta, and . University of Ghana
Table of Contents
|The Patriarch||p. 1|
|Favorite Son||p. 9|
|Life after R.J.||p. 22|
|Crashing with the Stock Market||p. 33|
|Tragedy at Reynolda||p. 54|
|Love, Yachts, and Politics||p. 71|
|Love and War||p. 89|
|Destiny Calls||p. 111|
|Dick and Muriel's Secret Affair||p. 121|
|On the Run||p. 136|
|Return to Sapelo Island||p. 147|
|Cracks in the Romance||p. 162|
|Le Divorce||p. 172|
|Winston-Salem Society||p. 180|
|Things Fall Apart||p. 194|
|North Carolina's Prince of Wales: The Mystery||p. 248|
|Author's Note||p. 277|
|Source Notes||p. 287|
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