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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2013
April 16
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
544
Pages
PUBLISHER
William Morrow
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
9.9
MB

Customer Reviews

Readingbythesea ,

Fortune’s Children

Interesting read, going East in the spring planning on a visit to Newport and seeing all the homes mentioned.

Food at ,

A splendid history

A concise , detailed history of American aristocracy.
Written so well, so smooth, and with such precise
detail, that it is one long splendid dream of the gilded age. Extremely interesting, informative, and haunting.

Fpiano ,

Easy Come Easy Go

The book is well written. The author doesn't shy away from the unpleasant aspects of his family's history. It is a little hard to justify spending the time to read about these people. They are almost entirely frivolous, spendthrift characters after generation two. It is a window into a different time and society, and pretty disgusting really. So basically, a lot of money was made by a few Vanderbilt's and it was wasted and almost entirely gone in 5 or 6 generations.

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