Cookies on oxfam

We use cookies to ensure that you have the best experience on our website. If you continue browsing, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all our cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more Close

  • Grows vegetables
  • Fills classrooms
  • Drills wells
  • Empowers women
  • Fights poverty

The Day They Shook the Plum Tree: Arthur H. Lewis, 1966,

£14.99

Product description

A fabulous fortune and what it did to the lives of three people.
In January 1952 a messenger boy of a New York bank mailed 119 letters, each containing a cheque, thus distributing the estate of a quiet, retiring widow who had recently died. He did not know his action was the final step in breaking up one of the last of the great American fortunes. The cheques totalled something more than $100,000,000.
'The Day They Shook the Plum Tree' is the story of that fortune and the people it possessed. It began with the purchase of 'one black cow' in 1624; it grew slowly through farming, Indian trading, slavery, land scales shipping and whaling. It became gigantic in the hands of Hetty Green, who, through perjury, penury, ruthfulessnes and financial genius managed to die in 1916 the richest and most detested woman in America.
Two people in particular detested Hetty: her son, Ned, and her daughter, Sylvia. Ned tossed away $3,000,000 a year on yachts, coins, stamps, jewels, orchid culture, Texas politics and ineffectual benevolence. Sylvia simply turned her back on the world. Arthur Lewis makes this strange story live and gives a fascinating insight into the eccentricities of the unimaginably rich.

Item details

Author(s):
Arthur H. Lewis
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
18cm*11cm*2cm
Edition:
1966,
Format:
Paperback
Number of pages:
247
Publisher:
Four Square
Title:
The Day They Shook the Plum Tree.

Standard UK Delivery (£3.95 per order)

Delivery FAQs

Free returns

within 21 days.
Returns policy

About this item

A fabulous fortune and what it did to the lives of three people.
In January 1952 a messenger boy of a New York bank mailed 119 letters, each containing a cheque, thus distributing the estate of a quiet, retiring widow who had recently died. He did not know his action was the final step in breaking up one of the last of the great American fortunes. The cheques totalled something more than $100,000,000.
'The Day They Shook the Plum Tree' is the story of that fortune and the people it possessed. It began with the purchase of 'one black cow' in 1624; it grew slowly through farming, Indian trading, slavery, land scales shipping and whaling. It became gigantic in the hands of Hetty Green, who, through perjury, penury, ruthfulessnes and financial genius managed to die in 1916 the richest and most detested woman in America.
Two people in particular detested Hetty: her son, Ned, and her daughter, Sylvia. Ned tossed away $3,000,000 a year on yachts, coins, stamps, jewels, orchid culture, Texas politics and ineffectual benevolence. Sylvia simply turned her back on the world. Arthur Lewis makes this strange story live and gives a fascinating insight into the eccentricities of the unimaginably rich.

Author(s):
Arthur H. Lewis
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
18cm*11cm*2cm
Edition:
1966,
Format:
Paperback
Number of pages:
247
Publisher:
Four Square
Title:
The Day They Shook the Plum Tree.

Delivery & returns

This item will be dispatched to UK addresses via second class post within 2 working days of receipt of your order. Standard UK delivery is £3.95 per order , so you're only charged once no matter how many items you have in your basket. Any additional courier charges will be applied at checkout as they vary depending on delivery address.

You can find out more about delivery and returns in our help section.

We offer a no quibble returns policy as follows:

Wedding dresses: 14 days

Overseas returns: 31 days

Everything else: 21 days


This item is also available for international delivery by airmail, carrying a mandatory delivery charge of:

Europe: £4.70

Outside Europe: £7.00

Volunteer listed

Wonder how this unique item ended up online?

Most of the second-hand items you see online have been donated, by supporters like you, to our high street stores. Each item is then priced, photographed and listed on this site by our amazing team of volunteers from across the country.

After you have bought your item, our team of volunteers package and dispatch it from the Shop straight to you or your chosen recipient.

All profits from the sales of our goods go towards funding Oxfam's work around the world. We rely on your donations to sell online so please keep the cycle of goodness going!

To find out more about volunteering with Oxfam, please visit our how to volunteer page.

Oxfam Shop Cardiff

Our shop is situated in the Heath area of Cardiff, we work out of the Retail premises on Whitchurch Road, where Oxfam has been for over 35 years. Our role online, as with all Oxfam shops is to raise money in order to overcome poverty and suffering around the world including here in Wales. We could not achieve that without precious volunteer support which we are extremely grateful for. We need more of this valuable support and ask,if you live in or around Cardiff, to get in touch on: oxfamshopf5302@oxfam.org.uk. If you are able to spare a morning or afternoon each week with us, that would be fantastic, we offer the opportunity to expand your skills in many areas, work for one of the biggest charitable organisations in the world and importantly, you would be directly helping the poor and needy around the globe.

View Shop