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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. I am grateful to all who participated, especially to Michael D. McDonald and Gregory Robinson for particularly attentive and perspicacious suggestions.
Finally I am grateful to the editors of this volume for their invitation and for their support; especially to Stan Brunn who has been my primary point of contact; his input has improved this contribution substantially. All errors and omissions are, of course, my responsibility alone.
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Census aggregates some counties and independent cities together in Virginia Download pdf. Remember me on this computer. Enter the email address you signed up with and we'll email you a reset link. Need an account? Click here to sign up. Help Center Find new research papers in: 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. View 1 comment. 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 downloadd it on site, 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.. This is basically a soap-opera drama, something along the lines of 'Dynasty' or 'Dallas'. It follows the interweaving lives of three main people, a cowboy, a woman based at least partially on jane russel and a howard hughes knockoff.
Except then just as your expecting it to finish up it adds two more new characters Who are these people, why is this still goi If i was to do a one word review it would be 'Inconsistent'. Who are these people, why is this still going? Its like it was meant to be two books but the author couldn't quite find enough material for the second so instead you have here a novel and a half. Between the now 5 main characters are about 18 different personalities. There's never any attempt made to use the book medium to advantage.
In books its easy to see what people are thinking and get inside their heads but that never happens here, your as removed from them as you would be watching it on tv.
Other oddities are that the book can be quite graphic when it comes to sex and violence, sometimes.. There are a lot of side characters in this too some of which pay off and others that just disappear from the story suddenly and without a trace.
The various storylines interweave and the plot jumps back and forth in time and from location to location often without any lead in. Everytime you hit a paragraph end you wonder whether the next one will be in the same time or place and usually isn't.
In other novels this would be extremely confusing but somehow here its merely annoying. Oh and heres a reverse spoiler, the howard hughes character does not view spoiler [end up storing his piss in jars hide spoiler ] , i kept waiting for that to happen but no, maybe in the sequel ;.
Having said all that, you can't deny its dramatic, if you like your soaps this has a lot of story to munch on and the writing is fine even if the structure is a mess. Sep 08, Judy rated it liked it Shelves: Harold Robbins wrote many bestsellers over his long career and this one was the 4 bestseller in It was also made into a movie. Robbins hits all the tropes of a big fat trashy page turner.
I read tons of books like this when I was in my thirties, raising my sons and dreaming of adventure. It was kind of fun to read one again now that I am such a literary fiction reader. Jonas Cord, a motherless kid with a Native American cowboy named Nevada Smith as his male nanny, was raised in the Nevada Harold Robbins wrote many bestsellers over his long career and this one was the 4 bestseller in Jonas Cord, a motherless kid with a Native American cowboy named Nevada Smith as his male nanny, was raised in the Nevada desert on his father's ranch.
Mr Cord Sr was a fabulously wealthy, hard bitten tycoon whose tough love left Jonas feeling unloved. When his father keels over from a stroke, Jonas inherits the business at age He does his best to become his father, even trying to marry his father's wife.
Within a few weeks he suddenly develops business savvy, though he loses out with the wife. He is already a pilot, a womanizer, a hard drinking fearless dude. The women are all beautiful and sexy, the men ruthless and violent, and everyone has something in the past making them act the way they do.
Very entertaining, especially the Hollywood parts. I suppose most men wanted to be tycoons and most women wanted to be movie stars in ; heck, many still do! How satisfying to read that the rich and famous also have hard times. Reading it today with all its sex and glamor and business high jinks, I saw that business ethics and Hollywood's methods have always been on the shady side, that human nature craves such stories, and that women are only a couple generations beyond the objectification and exploitation that was simply taken for granted in But I never did figure out why the book was called The Carpetbaggers.
Jul 03, Christina rated it it was amazing.
I thought the book was a great read. My dad has been raving about this book for years that i had to read. But he's always talked about how i should read it. From what my dad has told me, this book is based on the life of howard h I thought the book was a great read.
From what my dad has told me, this book is based on the life of howard hues. The story of rina i really enjoyed. I have to say this, i watched the movie while i was in the middle of reading rina's story, and i have to say, it may be an ok movie, but it has nothing on the book.
I mean, in some of it i can see where they get the ideas, but, they left out a lot, and changed scenes from the book, made different turn outs from the book. So, anyways, back to the story of rina, from the movie perspective, they made her to be a drunk.