Blood Relations (Magill's Literary Annual 1981)
Although the Du Pont Company is only twenty-four years younger than the United States and is the largest chemical company in the world and still growing in size, the inside details of the previously family owned and operated corporation have been jealously guarded until recently, when the family opened its Eleutherian Mills Historical Library at Greenville, Wilmington, Delaware, to scholars. In this account of the du Pont family, author Leonard Mosley not only has had access to the family’s library but also to the photographic memories of some anonymous family members who have read some of the deleted documents pertaining to the two most recently deceased family members. Thus, Mosley’s twentieth nonfiction book should be the final authority on the subject until the requisite fifty years have elapsed when the remaining sections of correspondence will be released.
While Mosley’s book mainly concentrates on the more recent history of the family, he does fill in the details of the origin and development of the company as well as the more notorious family scandals and squabbles. More than most families who can trace their roots back two hundred years, the du Ponts have had many illustrious and exciting ancestors of whom they can boast, and Mosley presents them to the reader in as much detail as is possible in a work of this nature.
The Du Pont Company began in 1801, founded by Irénée du Pont as a small gunpowder manufacturing factory on the...
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