Synopses & Reviews
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.
"[W]itty, entertaining and sad." Publishers Weekly
"This could give Donald Trump nightmares....An absorbing social history." Library Journal
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.