Author: Anderson Cooper,Katherine Howe
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2021-09-21
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780062964649

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New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with New York Times bestselling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty—his mother’s family, the Vanderbilts. One of the Washington Post's Notable Works of Nonfiction of 2021 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 imagined that one day he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empires—one in shipping and another in railroads—that would make him the richest man in America. His staggering fortune was fought over by his heirs after his death in 1877, sowing familial discord that would never fully heal. Though his son Billy doubled the money left by “the Commodore,” subsequent generations competed to find new and ever more extraordinary ways of spending it. By 2018, when the last Vanderbilt was forced out of The Breakers—the seventy-room summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island, that Cornelius’s grandson and namesake had built—the family would have been unrecognizable to the tycoon who started it all. Now, the Commodore’s great-great-great-grandson Anderson Cooper, joins with historian Katherine Howe to explore the story of his legendary family and their outsized influence. Cooper and Howe breathe life into the ancestors who built the family’s empire, basked in the Commodore’s wealth, hosted lavish galas, and became synonymous with unfettered American capitalism and high society. Moving from the hardscrabble wharves of old Manhattan to the lavish drawing rooms of Gilded Age Fifth Avenue, from the ornate summer palaces of Newport to the courts of Europe, and all the way to modern-day New York, Cooper and Howe wryly recount the triumphs and tragedies of an American dynasty unlike any other. Written with a unique insider’s viewpoint, this is a rollicking, quintessentially American history as remarkable as the family it so vividly captures.

Willie K Vanderbilt II

Willie K  Vanderbilt II
Author: Steven H. Gittelman
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 265
Release: 2014-10-01
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780786458233

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The Vanderbilts were one of the great American families of the industrial era. This book explores the life of one of its lesser-known scions of the fourth generation, William Kissam Vanderbilt II, known simply as Willie K. An inheritor, not a builder, Willie K. lacked the drive and ambition necessary for furthering the Vanderbilt dynasty, especially in the political atmosphere of bank failures, the dawn of progressivism, and the First World War. This biography, while the story of one man, is also an exploration of the burden of enormous wealth, the danger of inherited dreams, and the struggle for self-actualization regardless of wealth or social status.

42nd and Vanderbilt second Edition

42nd and Vanderbilt  second Edition
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2024-09
Genre: Photography
ISBN: 1942953739

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The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette

The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette
Author: Amy Vanderbilt,Letitia Baldrige
Publsiher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday
Total Pages: 910
Release: 1978
Genre: Cooking
ISBN: 0385133758

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Advice geared to contemporary living on correct behavior in a wide variety of situations.

The First Tycoon

The First Tycoon
Author: T.J. Stiles
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 738
Release: 2010-04-20
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781400031740

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD In this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who, through his genius and force of will, did more than perhaps any other individual to create modern capitalism. Meticulously researched and elegantly written, The First Tycoon describes an improbable life, from Vanderbilt’s humble birth during the presidency of George Washington to his death as one of the richest men in American history. In between we see how the Commodore helped to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation. Epic in its scope and success, the life of Vanderbilt is also the story of the rise of America itself.

The World of Gloria Vanderbilt

The World of Gloria Vanderbilt
Author: Wendy Goodman
Publsiher: Harry N. Abrams
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2010-11-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0810995921

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Gloria Vanderbilt brought the family name out of the Gilded Age and into the Digital Age, reinventing herself over and over along the way. Hers is a story of charisma, glamour, and heartbreaking loss. The illustrations include portraits of Vanderbilt and her extraordinary homes.

Fortune s Children

Fortune s Children
Author: Arthur T. Vanderbilt, II
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2013-04-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780062288370

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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.

It Seemed Important at the Time

It Seemed Important at the Time
Author: Gloria Vanderbilt
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 178
Release: 2008-09-09
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781439137246

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An elegant, witty, frank, touching, and deeply personal account of the loves both great and fleeting in the life of one of America's most celebrated and fabled women. Born to great wealth yet kept a virtual prisoner by the custody battle that raged between her proper aunt and her self-absorbed, beautiful mother, Gloria Vanderbilt grew up in a special world. Stunningly beautiful herself, yet insecure and with a touch of wildness, she set out at a very early age to find romance. And find it she did. There were love affairs with Howard Hughes, Bill Paley, and Frank Sinatra, to name a few, and one-night stands, which she writes about with delicacy and humor, including one with the young Marlon Brando. There were marriages to men as diverse as Pat De Cicco, who abused her; the legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, who kept his innermost secrets from her; film director Sidney Lumet; and finally writer Wyatt Cooper, the love of her life. Now, in an irresistible memoir that is at once ruthlessly forthright, supremely stylish, full of fascinating details, and deeply touching, Gloria Vanderbilt writes at last about the subject on which she has hitherto been silent: the men in her life, why she loved them, and what each affair or marriage meant to her. This is the candid and captivating account of a life that has kept gossip writers speculating for years, as well as Gloria's own intimate description of growing up, living, marrying, and loving in the glare of the limelight and becoming, despite a family as famous and wealthy as America has ever produced, not only her own person but an artist, a designer, a businesswoman, and a writer of rare distinction.