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Born in New York, Richard René Silvin grew up in Switzerland. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 1970 and an MBA from Cornell in 1972, he spent 25 years in the investor owned hospital industry. He rose to the head of the International Division of American Medical International, Inc. which owned and operated hospitals in 10 countries.

Since retiring after surviving a late stage cancer, René has published five books, including a memoir about his friendship with the late Duchess of Windsor; a history of Palm Beach, Florida seen through the eyes of the famous society architect, Addison Mizner; and, most recently, this historical novel about the magnificent, 1930’s French Line flagship, the SS Normandie.

René’s parents lived on opposite sides of the Atlantic throughout his childhood. This unusual situation created the opportunity for him to attend Swiss boarding schools and travel frequently on 084 Rene Silvinthe great French and British liners, which survived the Second World War. René was also fortunate enough to know the late Duchess of Windsor in the early 1970s, who treated him as the son she never had.

His background created in him a desire to study and share knowledge of iconic people, houses and ships often only imagined by Twenty-First Century audiences. René’s intent is to both inform his audience and also to dispel many of the incorrect rumors, which invariably arise about the often misunderstood and somewhat mysterious subjects.

René lectures extensively on his books and other topics, like the newly created Mar-a-Lago presentation.

He lives with his partner, Robert and their dog, Goofy in Palm Beach, FL and Provincetown, MA. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World.

Check out René’s Author Page on Amazon for up-to-date book information and lecture venues: René’s AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE.

Check out René’s wikipedia page.

Also, check out these wonderful articles about Rene’s career: Author Shares Tales, and A Writer’s Life.

For more information about René’s books and lectures, contact Robert Versteeg, General Manager, Silvin Books at 954-554-6061 or

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