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It is interesting to note that Harold Robbins knew Howard Hughes fairly well but despite so many similarities to Hughes, Robbins claims the model for the Jonas Cord character was actually Bill Lear developer of the Lear jet and the 8-track tape player. I have been doing this thing where I watch old movies and read their corresponding novels. He even walked heavy. A another great read from the Robbins catalog. She died a few months back. When considering the effect of in-migration, the Miami-Dade anomaly must be accounted for in any analysis, and the African-American vote, which is so uniformly Democratic that it is immune to migration patterns, must also be addressed. I could see the faint gray pebbles in the black tar of the roof now.
With the decline of Jim Crow and the integration of the Democratic Party, conservative politicians and voters abandoned their ancestral party and drifted right to the emerging Republican Party, which they found ideologically more simpatico.
Over time, however, the ideological progeny of the Dixiecrats enjoyed sufficient electoral success so that they not only dominated the Republican Party politics of the region, but indeed became the predominant voice in the politics of the national GOP. This shift tended to push Yankee transplants, especially younger ones with weaker partisan ties, away from the Republicans during the Bush-Clinton-Bush era, and culminated in , when a uniquely charismatic Democratic nominee for president vied to succeed an exceptionally unpopular Southern Republican president, in terrible economic times and amidst the morass of two stalemated overseas occupations.
To add extra allure to racially tolerant white voters in the South, the Democratic candidate was black, and his candidacy seemed to symbolically proffer a chance for some degree of absolution for the wrongs of the past. Of the three Southern states Obama won, Florida is by far the state with the most extreme shift in the population, due to its massive retiree population.
By over half Virginia was a comfortable second on Southern states at North Carolina has attracted relatively less migration from the non-South, and that growth was largely limited to Charlotte and the Research Triangle Census.
The net migration of Miami-Dade was negative2 at the end of the last century, due to after-effects from Hurricane Andrew and widespread poverty in the city of Miami3. According to the census, over fifty percent of Miami-Dade residents were foreign-born, the highest percentage in the United States; hence, many of the new migrants that tend to shift electoral outcomes are ineligible to vote.
It should be noted that many foreign-born immigrants eventually become naturalized U. When considering the effect of in-migration, the Miami-Dade anomaly must be accounted for in any analysis, and the African-American vote, which is so uniformly Democratic that it is immune to migration patterns, must also be addressed. The mid- census estimate published by the Census Bureau does not include migration by county. The state-level data appear comparable, however.
When the census data are available, the analysis ought to be replicated, with the expectation that the results will be more robust. The weight factor will be the population estimate of the county5. Obama did much better in counties with more migrants — migrants disproportionately from the Northeast and Midwest.
Migration explains roughly half of the variation in the two- party Obama vote in Florida. The most prominent destination for incoming Virginians has been in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, commonly known as Northern Virginia. Other areas of recent growth are in the greater Richmond and Hampton Roads regions.
In Northern Virginia growth has been so rapid that there is a pattern of resettlement from communities on the Potomac River across from Washington such as Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax to more exurban parts of the region like Loudoun and Prince William Counties and Manassas city. A likewise phenomenon occurred in the Hampton Roads region, with heavy migration away from the southerly part of Hampton Roads centered on the coastal cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News inland and north to the less industrialized areas around Williamsburg, the Northern Neck, and the James River.
The cities of Virginia Beach, Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church, and the counties of Arlington and Fairfax 5 There are several generally accepted ways to weight independent variables. I explored other weighting methods, as well as no weighting at all; the choice of weighting method had no effect of the substantive cast of the findings.
In terms of percentage support, however, there are substantial differences. However, in Virginia Beach — admittedly a world apart from Northern Virginia — Obama lost by about a percentage point.
Both in Northern Virginia and the city of Virginia Beach, however, Obama surpassed the statistical expectations for his share of the two-party vote based on migration and black population alone. Loudoun County is the acid test among these outliers; if a county with this many new migrants does not lean towards Obama, then the notion of carpetbaggers tilting the Dixie vote must be terribly suspect.
This is especially noteworthy because this is the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has won Loudoun County since the Voting Rights Act of fundamentally reordered Southern partisanship patterns; only once Jimmy Carter, running explicitly as a Southern Democrat in did a Democrat even narrow the margin to single digits. Specific to the outliers, Arlington County and the city of Alexandria are treated as one unit, and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church are treated as if they were part of Fairfax County.
The city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County are merged, and the city of Lynchburg and Campbell County are merged. African-American population is also an exceptionally strong predictor. The remaining outliers again are controlled for using dummy variables. The DC suburbs are disproportionately federal government workers and new migrants, and Virginia Beach is a community heavily populated by military families and retirees; these populations are expected to favor Obama more than the norm.
Once again, there is a major outlier county: Cumberland, the home of Fort Bragg, a very large military installation, has experienced a major decline in population, similar to Virginia Beach, but Obama still scores well there. There seems to be a slight exception in the migration effect regarding communities with large military installations. Presumably much of the churning of population in these communities is due to exigencies outside the normal course of events in predominantly civilian communities.
The Pearson correlation coefficient between net migration and percentage black population is - 0. The suspicion here is that in these smaller counties, the white population votes Republican fairly uniformly, eliding the apparent impact of the black vote in state totals.
This is a common pattern in racially or otherwise polarized areas. Hood and McKee demonstrate that on the individual level African-Americans voted Democratic at typically high rates. This is true to an extent, but it is not sufficient to explain the evolution in the South. The South is changing because of a steady stream of in-migration from the Northeast and Midwest since the midth Century; these latter-day carpetbaggers are pollinating the areas of high growth in the South with political and cultural attitudes that are largely free of the baggage of Jim Crow and Reconstruction.
I owe Nelson and the other participants at those teas too many and varied to mention a great debt.
Anyway, I was expecting more gross sex stuff than there was. There was some, but there should have been a lot more. It was creepy. Now, you just sit down and make yourself comfortable. For just at that moment, the squall came roaring in from the starboard side and capsized the boat. And HR cranks up the ludicrously lurid to 11 on the amp: People get their face slapped. This happens to men and women quite frequently.
The open palm cracked smartly across the side of his face, knocking his head sideways against the toilet bowl 2. Jonas Cord writes off something that cost a million dollars without a second thought: People grind out cigarettes. Grind those ciggies! The acrid smoke burned in her throat. Angrily she ground it out. Women have a lot of nipples. I already mentioned this.
Good looking women enjoy being naked in this novel. I should mention that all the women in this novel are good-looking and have amazing breasts.
Well, there are a couple who have flat chests — they are the Lesbians. Many people die suddenly in this novel. For me this was a case of rubbernecking at an accident site. For you — not, repeat, not recommended. View all 45 comments. Jul 22, Lynn rated it really liked it Shelves: My grandpa gave me this book before he died. He thought I was finally old enough for the "smut" in the book. I was 29! Sep 02, Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: I always know a book is a fun read when I find myself making excuses to read it rather than work on my "Hunny-Do" list.
According to at least one source this book is the 4th most read novel of all time. I don't know if that's really true but certainly it has been a widely read story for more than 40 years so obviously a lot of people have read it. The book apparently is somewhat notorious, largely for pushing the sexual boundaries of the time, right up to the edge.
By today's standards it is rel I always know a book is a fun read when I find myself making excuses to read it rather than work on my "Hunny-Do" list. By today's standards it is relatively tame and, in fact, most of the sexual scenes occur offstage although there is a lot of innuendo.
The book is fairly long; my paperback is almost pages long with pretty small print. The main story takes place over a 20 year period between the World Wars. The main character is a Howard Hughes type tycoon named Jonas Cord with all sorts of business interests but most especially aircraft development and Hollywood pictures.
His is mostly a tragic story up until the very end when he finally realizes what makes him happy. It is interesting to note that Harold Robbins knew Howard Hughes fairly well but despite so many similarities to Hughes, Robbins claims the model for the Jonas Cord character was actually Bill Lear developer of the Lear jet and the 8-track tape player. The backdrop for the novel is absorbing as well; we get to see the roaring 20s, the depression era 30's, the lead up to World War II as well as the war itself; all major impacts on the plot.
The intriguing thing about this book is not so much the story but rather, how the story is told. It is divided into eight sections: One is a former gunfighter turned stuntman turned star of the silent movie era. One is a Hollywood actress allegedly based on Jean Harlow.
A third is a movie company executive and a fourth is a high-priced courtesan turned movie starlet.
We get absorbed in their individual stories; they are very captivating all on their own. And it is really through them that we come to know Jonas himself. When you put the whole thing together you really get a great sense of the characters as well as the era itself. I have to say I really enjoyed the novel a lot more than I expected I would. Jun 11, Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it really liked it Shelves: Immensely entertaining pot-boiler involving the exploits of Jonas Cord, a thinly disguised version of Howard Hughes.
The novel is a roman-a-clef of old Hollywood featuring movie star Rina Marlow, and cowboy turned movie star, Nevada Smith whose lives are intertwined with Jonas Cord's career.
The strength in The Carpetbaggers is that it's really 3 novels in one: The plots never lag and Robbins leaves the highfalutin literary tricks to th Immensely entertaining pot-boiler involving the exploits of Jonas Cord, a thinly disguised version of Howard Hughes.
The plots never lag and Robbins leaves the highfalutin literary tricks to the artistes. This isn't Henry James, clearly. Characters are one dimensional and driven by primal urges. Yes, it's trash, but it's entertaining trash. This is what Grandma and Grandpa read when they didn't think the other one was looking.
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Feb 23, Kat rated it it was ok Shelves: We used to rent a renovated barn-like house on Douglas Lake in Michigan for a summer vacation and there were a ton of paperback books downstairs in the "livingroom. We went to the library and, again, there were no paperbacks, so this was exotic to me. I was absolutely drawn to these small, yellowed or well-worn books stacked up in a tall bookcase.
They had covers with men and women and so We used to rent a renovated barn-like house on Douglas Lake in Michigan for a summer vacation and there were a ton of paperback books downstairs in the "livingroom. They had covers with men and women and some looked rather forbidden to a 10 year old. My mother looked at them and told us, to leave them alone as they were not books for children. I would sneak down and grab one and then read it under the covers upstairs with flashlight in hand.
I read many cheap novels that summer and learned about sex, deceit, lying, and lowdown men and women. I learned from those books a entire encyclopedia of do's and don'ts in life, but my mother would have died a thousand deaths if she had known her sweet little red-haired girl was reading this in the sixties!
I 've always wondered who in the world had collected these awful things -- even I knew the difference, but they were like forbidden fruit. Over the years, vacation meant sleazy literature, avoiding a sunburn and lots and lots of batteries! By the way, I didn't like this book at all -- it seemed forced, but that is my memory as a child reading - perhaps I should read this again! Oh to be 15 again and reading the Carpetbaggers for the first time.
View 2 comments. Jul 22, Barry Cunningham rated it really liked it. I read this book because I loved 'The Adventurers' This book was very risque for a young teenage boy, I kept it hidden from my mother as it felt embarrassing that I was reading such a sexually graphic novel, honestly in the 60's this was as close to pornography as you could get in a work of fiction, these days I suppose its tame in that respect.
In any case I enjoyed the book, the story line was good, I read it avidly, but I have to admit my motives for reading it were not literary, well I was 1 I read this book because I loved 'The Adventurers' This book was very risque for a young teenage boy, I kept it hidden from my mother as it felt embarrassing that I was reading such a sexually graphic novel, honestly in the 60's this was as close to pornography as you could get in a work of fiction, these days I suppose its tame in that respect.
Needless to say it is another very good book from a very prolifically good author, not only that he and I shared the same birthday. I think the Carpetbagger was the first Harold Robbins novel I read.
Robbins said the Carpetbagger was based on Bill Lear and not Howard Hughes but there is controversy about that. You can't talk about Harold Robbins without fast learning he is probably one of the most loved and most hated authors of all time.
You can bet the FBI was keeping an eye on him. The book was written in the early 60s and was one of Robbins better novels. The sequel, The Raiders, wasn't published until The last novel published while Robbins was still alive I think since he died in was Tycoon and Predators was published postmortem in with The Secret the sequel to The Predators. Nevada Smith was another distinguished offshoot from Robbins' work as a character in the Carpetbagger.
Jonas Cord inherited his father's industries like Hughes and the sex and romance that comes into play and begins Robbins' signature trademark was he inherited his father's young wife, Rina Marlowe that labeled Robbins as Mister Sex or the inventor of sex in American novels started a movement that had previously been taboo.
The s was the turning point for American culture and Robbin's Carpetbagger was one of the novels that started that movement. D Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye preceded it in Cord believed his step mother, Rina married his father for his money. He took what he wanted from her. Rather Robbins work can be considered literature or not, that's as controversial as anything else he did, but I think few could argue, he was a superb storyteller.
And novels are all about storytelling is it not? Mar 27, Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing. Before Martin Scorsese's movie, this guy had already written a novel about the Aviator.
Harold Robbins was a natural storyteller although he later severely over-estimated his abilities , and his powers of narrative drive reached their peak in this novel. Jonas Cord. All of the characters are directly involved with and affected by him. I first read it as a teen around and was familiar with it years before that , then re-read it in the early s. Other recommended Robbins: Jan 21, Rachel Smalter Hall rated it liked it Shelves: So sometimes you pick up a book thinking, "Wow, this is going to be really awesome and trashy!
Well, this one did not disappoint. Unfortunately, Robbins brings out the big guns too early the "Nevada Smith" fugitive-cowboy-turned-hollywood-movie-star story is too good to be true and then he just keeps recycling the same characters over and over for the next pages. Apr 18, Madhu murugesan rated it really liked it. A good book which can get a rating of Jan 13, Denise Cornelius rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I have been doing this thing where I watch old movies and read their corresponding novels. The movie Carpetbaggers starring the hot guy from Breakfast at Tiffany's was very lifetime original Jonas Cord sort of a Bruce Patman 1. He grew up with a ruthless snake of father who barely had time for him.
In addition, Jonas meets his dream girl Rina takes her home to meet his father and his father ends up mar I have been doing this thing where I watch old movies and read their corresponding novels. In addition, Jonas meets his dream girl Rina takes her home to meet his father and his father ends up marrying said dream girl. The book revolves around Jonas' wreck of a life, Rina his dream girl who is basically heartless and they both take the world by storm.
Tne worst part of this book is that even though you know a lot of information about these characters the information you know does not come together for any sort of cohesive characterization. The plot is very dramatic to say the least but dramatic in a dated way where they sort of hint around all the scandal. I prefer to have my scandal completely spelled out fot me.
I gave it three star because this book is about pages and I read it in one night so it kept my interest. Mar 05, Dawn Wells rated it it was ok. Rape and incest is always part of his novels. Which is real life for some so I read them with that understanding. This book also has homosexual relations mentioned. Also true to life. The problem for me with this novel is the Howard Hughes type of character.
I did not get drawn in by him or the other 4 or so sort of main characters in the background. It was a book about real issues with unreal characters. May 23, Matt rated it really liked it. Up until I started high school, I didn't exactly have a love affair with literature, then my stepmother borrowed a copy of this novel for me.
It's complete trash, just filthy and easily one of the most enjoyable novels I've ever read! Aug 19, Myeyessee rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 04, Norma Christensen rated it it was amazing. Many years ago, I was an avid Harold Robbins reader.
Of all the novels I read, The Carpetbaggers was probably my favorite. I have a bunch of his paperbacks in a box in my basement, but when I went to find this one, it was not among them. Of course, I purchased it on Amazon, what else? It does remain one of my favorite all-time books. He was a master story weaver.
One paragraph that stood out to me this time was: She heard the birds begin to sing again. She looked up at the blue sky, and the white sun above her head, and knew that once again she was a living, breathing human being with the full, rich blood of life in her body.
My Dad died two years later. I finally realized that I was alive and should go on living. Part of me was buried during that time. I was alive and life is for the living. I remarried a year later. Life is good! Jul 08, Wreade rated it liked it Shelves: If i was to do a one word review it would be 'Inconsistent'.
Inconsistent characters, tone, pacing, graphicness, length..