Kid Carolina

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-10
  • Publisher: Center Street
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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.

Author Biography

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 TischSchool, University of Malta, and University of Ghana.

Table of Contents

Chronologyp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Patriarchp. 1
Favorite Sonp. 9
Life after R.J.p. 22
Crashing with the Stock Marketp. 33
Tragedy at Reynoldap. 54
Love, Yachts, and Politicsp. 71
Love and Warp. 89
Destiny Callsp. 111
Dick and Muriel's Secret Affairp. 121
On the Runp. 136
Return to Sapelo Islandp. 147
Cracks in the Romancep. 162
Le Divorcep. 172
Winston-Salem Societyp. 180
Smithp. 187
Things Fall Apartp. 194
Darienp. 220
North Carolina's Prince of Wales: The Mysteryp. 248
Epiloguep. 265
Author's Notep. 277
Acknowledgmentsp. 283
Source Notesp. 287
Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 323
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