For the first time, the dramatic and disturbing story of the Binghams is told from the inside by someone who lived it: Sallie Bingham, an heiress to the Bingham fortune and to four generations of family tradition and turmoil—the daughter who set in motion the events that led to the dissolution of the family communications empire.
She tells the tangled Bingham history as only a member of the family could. First the storybook version she heard during her idyllic childhood in the great Bingham house on the banks of the Ohio (sunlit lawns sloping toward the river, beautiful romping brothers and sisters, beautiful, perfectly married parents), then the truths that burst upon her as secrets slipped out over the years and the graceful deceptions crumbled. And as the story moves toward its climactic crisis, when the struggle between Sallie and her surviving brother leads to the dissolution of the Bingham holdings and the tearing apart of the Bingham family ties, we discover, at last, what really happened and why.
“There are many accounts of the Bingham family saga, but no other by someone who was there. For the first time, a gifted writer born into a family of inherited wealth and power takes us with her behind the doors of that patriarchal hothouse. Passion and Prejudice is a major step toward feminist change and democracy.”
— Gloria Steinem