Chapter Nineteen


The Downward Spiral


IN LATE OCTOBER 1936, Flora Lasker left Chicago for an extended stay in New York City. Albert went off for a three-week fishing trip in Florida, planning to join his wife in New York in time for a speech he was scheduled to deliver to the American Association of Advertising Agents on November 19.1

Flora was then in her late fifties, and had been an invalid, coping with varying degrees of disability, for three decades. Stout and sallow, she walked with difficulty. Visits to the mineral baths at Watkins Glen, ...

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