Ken Spooner wrote “The Knapps Lived Here,” to honor what he describes as “the lowest profile, highest society American family to ever come out of the Gilded Age.” Never heard of the Knapps? They founded Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., published Collier’s magazine and entertained presidents, including Benjamin Harrison. And, Spooner says, it was MetLife exec Joseph P. Knapp who OK’d the financing of Rockefeller Center in the 1920s. Yet there’s one Knapp legacy that Spooner, 59, is on a mission to solve. Why did the Diocese of Brooklyn buy Knapp’s estate in 1950 at a bargain price, then soon vacate it with priceless furnishings inside?
“It all begins with a song” the well worn battle cry of the Nashville,Tn music industry, has taken deep root in the work ethic of Nashville author Ken Spooner as “The Knapps Lived Here”, takes its place alongside his previous works, “If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets, He’d Have A Ball In Mine and “Long Ride On A Short Track”.
|On Thursday afternoon, August 5, 2010, the post lady delivered to my door, here in Nashville, the very first copy that rolled off the press of The Knapps Lived Here ! With a decade of my life invested in it’s creation, to say it was a heady moment, is the understatement of the decade for me.
I am offering autographed copies, They can obtained by sending your check or money order for $25.00 (which includes shipping) to me at : 6219 Henry Ford Dr, Nashville, TN 37209. I also accept for Paypal Just send your payment to firstname.lastname@example.org Please indicate who you would like the book signed to.
THE BOOK IS ALSO AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE FROM AMAZON. COMand BARNES & NOBLE and other major online retailers. (note these mass merchandisers like Amazon, pay the author who did ALL THE WORK, a whole lot less than when you buy it from him ) It may also be ordered world wide from your favorite local bookstore . The fastest and most direct way to get it , is to order your copy direct from the book’s printer , where it is also available as an instant e -book for $9.00
Many libraries where the Knapps resided are adding it to their shelves and you can always ask your local library to get it.
Libraries, Institutions & Book Stores may order it from distributors like Baker & Taylor.
THE KNAPPS LIVED HERE
By Ken Spooner
Non Fiction Softcover 382 Pgs Illustrated $28.00
First Edition September 2010
ISBN : 978-0-578-06236-5
Book Design by Erik Spooner : erikspooner,com
PUBLISHED BY ELM & McKINLEY BOOKS
PO Box 2752
New York , NY 10116
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