AN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Loeb Book Celebrates
OHN L. LOEB JR., former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, is one of the
descendants of the Loeb financial dynasty who contributed
fascinating stories in An American Experience, Adeline Moses
Loeb and Her Early American Jewish Ancestors.
Historian Eli N. Evans, who wrote the introduction, said that
historians have been enthused, "stunned with the sweep of the
book, with the scholarship and the wonder of it."
At a book reception at the Metropolitan Club, Evans said it
seems like another family book "but the wonder soon takes hold
of you. Itís full of extraordinary stories."
The ambassador is a grandson of Adeline Moses Loeb and
M. Loeb. In addition to the book, he has established a database,
www.loebjewishportraits.com, featuring 200 portraits of
American Jews painted before 1865. He expects to double the
number of images and biographies before the end of the year.
The book is structured in three parts. The first part
recounts Adelineís early life in the South, and later life in
New York married to Carl M. Loeb, founder of Wall Streetís
legendary Loeb, Rhoades. Second part covers early American
Jewish life. The third part depicts eight generations of the
Moses family, with full-color portraits and family trees.
(Syracuse University Press, 350 pages, $49.95)