Autumn 1962: Ed
Cantowitz and Hugh Shipley meet in their final year at Harvard. Ed is far
removed from Hugh’s privileged upbringing as a Boston Brahmin, yet his drive
and ambition outpace Hugh’s ambivalence about his own life. These two young men
form an unlikely friendship, bolstered by a fierce shared desire to transcend
their circumstances. But in just a few short years, not only do their paths
diverge—one rising on Wall Street, the other becoming a kind of global
humanitarian—but their friendship ends abruptly, with only one of them
Can a friendship
define your view of the world? Spanning from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the
present-day stock market collapse, with locations as diverse as Dar es Salaam,
Boston, Shenzhen, and Fishers Island, A Dual Inheritance asks
this question, as it follows not only these two men but the complicated women
in their vastly different lives. And as Ed and Hugh grow farther and farther
apart, they remain uniquely, even surprisingly, connected.
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