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Through a lively text and 250 stunning duotone images (most never previously published), Millionaires, Mansions, and Motor Yachts re-creates an era of opulence and extravagance that today seems incredible. Dominating this volume are the mansions and yachts of Alfred and Jessie du Pont. Equally larger-than-life personalities include Thomas Lawson, his expansive estate, Dreamwold, and yachts such as Dreamer; empire builder John Spreckels's 227-foot Venetia; Emily Cadwalader, who commissioned a vessel destined for world renown as a U.S. presidential yacht, before checkmating this achievement by ordering the largest private yacht ever built, the 407-foot Savarona; Eugene Tompkins, the "Napoleon of Theater Managers"; George Fabyan; Harry Darlington; and William Rands. Enfolded in this volume's fascinating pages are not only the wealthy individuals who shaped this era but also curmudgeonly writer/yachtsman Thomas Fleming Day, photographer Nathaniel Stebbins, and the designers and builders who created the splendid yachts that here return to life.

Book News Annotation:

Drawing on sometimes scarce archival information on the rich and/ or famous of the early 20th century and including previously unpublished images, MacTaggart chronicles their extravagant lifestyles and technological innovations such as the steam engines that powered their yachts. Some of the figures are well-known: e.g., Alfred Du Pont. Less well-known is Emily Cadwalader, who commissioned a presidential yacht. The author notes ships' builders and design features. MacTaggart's The Golden Century: Classic Motor Yachts, 1830-1930 (Norton, 2001) is not among the references. Oversize: 10 x11.5".
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A re-creation of a time of fantastic wealth through never-before-seen photographs.

About the Author

Ross MacTaggart is a writer, researcher, architectural designer, and urban observer. He lives in Strong City, Kansas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393057621
Author:
Mactaggart, Ross.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
MacTaggart, Ross
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Architectural & Industrial
Subject:
Yachts
Subject:
Millionaires
Subject:
Mansions
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - General
Subject:
Millionaires -- United States.
Subject:
Yachts -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Photography-Nature and Landscape
Copyright:
Series Volume:
107-371
Publication Date:
20041131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
250 duotone photographs.
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
11.32x10.00x.85 in. 3.16 lbs.

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