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American Phoenix is the remarkable story of nineteenth-century millionaire William Skinner, a leading founder of the American silk industry, who lost everything in a devastating flood—and his improbable, inspiring comeback to the pinnacle of the business world. In this gripping narrative history, Skinner’s great, great granddaughter, Sarah S. Kilborne, tells an inspiring, unforgettable American story—of a town devastated by unimaginable disaster; an industry that had no reason to succeed except for the perseverance of a few intrepid entrepreneurs; and a man who had nothing—and everything—to lose as he struggled to rebuild his life a second time, with just one asset to his name: the knowledge in his head.
Sarah S. Kilborne is a writer, editor, historian, and translator. She is the author of two acclaimed books for children, Peach & Blue, and Leaving Vietnam: The True Story of Tuan Ngo, which was chosen by the L.A. Times as one of the best books for children on the Vietnam War. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in philosophy and has been a fellow at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke College. She lives in Germantown, New York.
Photograph by Giovanni Di Mola
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