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Introduction; 1. The young noble; 2. The little estate in the south; 3. To America; 4. A 'city' on the frontier; 5. A traveler's tale; 6. A home on the prairie; 7. An American Cincinnatus; 8. News from far away; 9. Across the plains; 10. And on to the promised land; 11. A genial climate; 12. Pillars of the community; 13. Drawing a line; 14. An Indian 'War'; 15. The legislature; 16. Las Flores and crystal springs; 17. A house of gold; 18. Called to account; 19. In the vineyards; 20. Bacchus loves the hills; 21. A bold proposal; 22. Mission to Europe; 23. An offical rebuff; 24. Taking stock; 25. The largest vineyard in the world; 26. Restless again; 27. Tangled vines; 28. A very sad place; 29. The final frontier; Afterword; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Brian McGinty is the great-great-grandson of Agoston Haraszthy. Attorney, historian, and writer, he is the author of Haraszthy at the Mint and The Palace Inns. For this book, he spent years researching original sources in Hungary, Wisconsin, California, and Nicaragua (where Haraszthy met a strange death in 1869).


"The definitive biography of 'the father of California viticulture,' an intriguing and compelling book, at once scholarly and entertaining. Haraszthy's checkered career (full of magnificent successes and allegations of scandalous misbehavior) intersects with topics central to an understanding of 19th-century California." - James L. Rawls, Diablo Valley College "This fine biography ... is a balanced, well-written account of a truly remarkable if reckless entrepreneur." - The Journal of American History

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