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Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty
Vanderbilt The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty
Author: Anderson Cooper, Katherine Howe
The chronicle of the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty, from CNN anchor and journalist Anderson Cooper and historian and novelist Katherine Howe. — When eleven-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father’s small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the nineteenth century, no one could have ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780062964625
ISBN-10: 0062964623
Publication Date: 9/20/2022
Pages: 336

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Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 19
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This is the story of the Vanderbilt family. Patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt made two fortunes, one in shipping and the other in railroads. He was once the richest man in America. For every $20 of wealth in the country, Mr. Vanderbilt had $1. This book, written by Vanderbilt's Great, Great, Great-Grandson, Anderson Cooper, is the story of the greatest American fortune ever squandered. Cooper tells us about the money makers, the lavish homes and summer cottages, the yachts, and the scandals. When Cooper's mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, passed away in 2019, he decided to look into the family history and write this book. He declared that nobody can make money vanish into thin air like a Vanderbilt.

I've been interested in learning about this family since I visited a few of their homes in Newport, RI, and Asheville, NC. Their beautiful homes are full of vintage furniture, tapestries, and stunning artwork. This book brings the family to life. We are told stories about various family members and their places in history. I enjoyed most of the stories, but I didn't like the way the stories were told in a non-linear timeline. My rating: 4 Stars.

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