“Taylor Caldwell never falters when it comes to storytelling.” – Publishers Weekly
“…one of the world’s most prolific and best-selling authors.” – The New York Times
"The lofty peaks of best-sellerdom are traditionally difficult to scale… But there are three American novelists who have climbed to the top not once or twice but over and over again. In so doing they have established themselves as an elite among U.S. fiction writers… All three are women: Edna Ferber, Frances Parkinson Keyes and Taylor Caldwell.” -Life Magazine
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Never Victorious, Never Defeated
Founded in Portersville, Pennsylvania, in the latter days of Andrew Jackson’s presidency, the Interstate is a small regional railroad with vast potential. Also, it is the birthright of Aaron deWitt’s sons: ruthless yet charming Rufus and stubborn, idealistic Stephen. When Stephen wins control of the Interstate, his victory starts a series of events that will roil the deWitt family for generations.
Over decades, the Interstate grows into an enterprise capable of shaping the future of the nation. Yet, both its triumphs and defeats sow the seeds of the deWitt family’s downfall. Brothers plot against brothers, sons demean fathers, wives betray husbands—all in pursuit of monumental power. Not even Cornelia, Rufus’s beautiful and cunning daughter, can ensure that the deWitt family name won’t disappear.
Spanning nearly a century, Never Victorious, Never Defeated is a brilliant dramatization of the lives of America’s robber barons and further proof that Taylor Caldwell “never falters when it comes to storytelling” (Publishers Weekly).
The Descendants of Taylor Caldwell© is offering extended reviews of Caldwell's novels. Caldwell was prolific and extremely well-known (from the late 1930s through the 1980s), where she appeared often on best seller lists. Her range in time, topic and character still recommends many of those novels to modern readers. Synopses of first eight novels recently published by Open Road Media will be found in the Descendants' Reviews section of the Reviews page as they are published.