We All Scream: The Fall of the Gifford’s Ice Cream Empire
For more than 70 years, Gifford’s Ice Cream and Candy Company was associated with nothing but pleasure for native Washingtonians and visitors to the nation’s capital. Few knew the dark truth… Behind the iconic business’s happy facade lay elaborate schemes, a crushing bankruptcy, two million dollars of missing cash, and a tragic suicide. As the last Gifford heir unfolds his story with remarkable immediacy and candor, he reveals the byzantine betrayals and intrigue rooted in the company from its modest beginnings—dark influences that would ultimately destroy the legendary Gifford business and its troubled founding family.
“The most frightening book I’ve read about Washington since Newt Gingrich’s Understanding Trump. A Southern Gothic for the DC area. Loved it.”Mike Sacks
“The story Gifford tells is so much more than of the demise of an American ice cream empire. With its twists and mysteries, some unsolved to the end, it’s a riveting ride.”Judith Beermann
“An embattled and fought-over ice cream empire gone bust, three generations of a deeply disturbed and troubled family, missing people and millions of dollars gone, and myriad unsolved mysteries. Andrew Gifford’s life is a kind of living ‘potboiler’ of a book, a riveting read. Gifford is a very gifted writer. I was mesmerized. Very highly recommended.”Tim Bazzett
“This amazing, harrowing tale of the Washington D.C. Ice Cream Family makes it deeply clear that what looks sweet on the surface begs for further investigation. I read the book in one sitting– a brave, dark story of dysfunction.”A.M. Homes