This image provided by Viking shows the cover of the book “American Lady: The Life of Susan Mary Alsop," by Caroline de Margerie. At its heart, this engaging, gentle biography is a tale of how a particular slice of the other half lived -- in today’s parlance, that’s the 2 percent -- in the mid-20th century. With its focus on class, events of the day, and love affairs, it’s a one-woman “Downton Abbey” for the Yankee political class. (AP Photo/Viking)

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This image provided by Viking shows the cover of the book “American Lady: The Life of Susan Mary Alsop," by Caroline de Margerie. At its heart, this engaging, gentle biography is a tale of how a particular slice of the other half lived -- in today’s parlance, that’s the 2 percent -- in the mid-20th century. With its focus on class, events of the day, and love affairs, it’s a one-woman “Downton Abbey” for the Yankee political class. (AP Photo/Viking)
This image provided by Viking shows the cover of the book “American Lady: The Life of Susan Mary Alsop," by Caroline de Margerie. At its heart, this engaging, gentle biography is a tale of how a particular slice of the other half lived -- in today’s parlance, that’s the 2 percent -- in the mid-20th century. With its focus on class, events of the day, and love affairs, it’s a one-woman “Downton Abbey” for the Yankee political class. (AP Photo/Viking)
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