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Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt

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Vanderbilt: the very name signifies wealth. The family patriarch, "the Commodore", built up a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Yet, less than fifty years after the Commodore's death, one of his direct descendants died penniless, and no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. Fortune's Children tells the dramatic story of all the amazingly colorful spenders who dissipated such a vast inheritance. 32 pages of photographs.

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"[W]itty, entertaining and sad." Publishers Weekly

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"This could give Donald Trump nightmares....An absorbing social history." Library Journal

Synopsis:

For fans of Downton Abbey, a real-life American version of the Crawley family—Fortune's Children is an enthralling true story that recreates the drama, splendor, and wealth of the legendary Vanderbilts.

Vanderbilt: The very name is synonymous with the Gilded Age. The family patriarch, "the Commodore,” built a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Yet, less than fifty years after his death, no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. Written by descendant Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, Fortune's Children traces the dramatic and amazingly colorful history of this great American family, from the rise of industrialist and philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt to the fall of his progeny—wild spendthrifts whose profligacy bankrupted a vast inheritance.

About the Author

Arthur T, Vanderbilt II is the author of many books, among them Changing Law, a biography of his grandfather Arthur T. Vanderbilt, which won the American Bar Association's Scribes Award. He practices law in New Jersey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780688103866
Author:
Vanderbilt II, Arthur T.
Publisher:
WmMorrowPB
Author:
by Arthur T Vanderbilt 2nd
Author:
by Arthur T Vanderbilt 2nd
Author:
Vanderbilt, Arthur T.
Author:
Vanderbilt, Arthur T., II
Author:
Vanderbilt 2nd, Arthur T.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Subject:
Upper class
Subject:
Vanderbilt family
Subject:
United States Biography.
Subject:
Biography-Rich and Famous
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
19910220
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.47x5.87x1.37 in. 1.30 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "[W]itty, entertaining and sad." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "This could give Donald Trump nightmares....An absorbing social history."
"Synopsis" by , For fans of Downton Abbey, a real-life American version of the Crawley family—Fortune's Children is an enthralling true story that recreates the drama, splendor, and wealth of the legendary Vanderbilts.

Vanderbilt: The very name is synonymous with the Gilded Age. The family patriarch, "the Commodore,” built a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Yet, less than fifty years after his death, no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. Written by descendant Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, Fortune's Children traces the dramatic and amazingly colorful history of this great American family, from the rise of industrialist and philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt to the fall of his progeny—wild spendthrifts whose profligacy bankrupted a vast inheritance.

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