The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark

By Meryl Gordon

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karen simons
Sad and riveting at the same time. Hidden away in a life lasting much longer than most. Rest in peace.
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jim essian
Well written---very good
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ketan
Loved this book!
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anneli
Haven't finished it yet
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regina ligon
An extremely interesting subject of whom I knew nothing.A good read
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malia
Great!
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karen willis
Written very well. Kept me wanting to read it.
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beth ann
Great read! I found this book very informative and intriguing to read. The Clark family lead a very interesting life that is not well known to many, "The Phantom of Fifth Avenue" gave great insight to their life, especially that of Hugette Clark's. I find the Clark's lifestyle to be very interesting, not many people get to live how the did. Hugette was an eccentric person with interesting quirks, though very generous and loyal to those loyal to her. I recommend this book if you wish to know more about William A. Clark, and his family.
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loriamber
This book completed Empty Mansions
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brad kuhn
Great book
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melody warnick
Excellent.
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jessica rae
I loved all the detail, wow what a life.
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kristen griebel
Very interesting and well-researched.
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mishaal
Fascinating book - beautifully written and meticulously researched. I spent many night with less than normal sleep because I couldn't and didn't want to stop reading. Hard to believe this is non-fiction!
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kaitlynn
Fascinating look into the life of a loner and heiress.
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michael siliski
Service was very good. Book was enjoyable.
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michael berger
Interesting and fun read!
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susana rato
The information was very detailed; however, it read like a history book rather than a novel.
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canadianeditor
fabulous book highly recommended
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grigory ryzhakov
I felt it was an interesting book, but not fascinating.Although I was not tempted to put it down,I was not sorry when it ended.
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bibliosaurus
Never could figure out the rationale behind her actions, but book was a good character study as far as it could go....what an enigma she was. good read.
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elisesk
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

When Huguette Clark passed away in 2011, many people were shocked by the story. The last child of William Andrews Clark, once the second richest man in America, had spent the last 20 years of her life living at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City while spending millions to maintain a 42-room Fifth Avenue apartment, a 23-acre Californian estate and a 52-acre estate in New Canaan, Connecticut. Her death also led to a huge legal battle between distant family members, one of her private nurses and the executors of her will.

The Phantom of Fifth Avenue spans decades. It was a dense read! Difficult to sit at length and read due to all the information. I had to break it up into smaller chunks and so it took me a lot longer to finish than I anticipated. It is evident how much research and work Meryl Gordon put into writing this biography. In fact her Author’s Notes detail the interviews and exclusive access she was given to Huguette’s estate.

Overall I am glad that I read The Phantom of Fifth Avenue it was one of the most interesting biographies I have read to date and it’s pushed Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman (another Huguette Clark biography published last year) further up my wish list.
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laurawills81
Quick delivery, item accurately described. A++
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denise flutie
I bought this book since it was one of my Book Club selections. I enjoyed reading a non-fiction for a change. Interesting story that held my interest.
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vivaswan pathak
Loved it!
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rachel jones
IT'S JUST OK. NOT VERY WELL WRITTEN AND SOMEWHAT REPETITIVE.
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alexander fedorov
Excellent story!
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nermin ibrahim
Mainly due to the fact that it updates the Huguette Clark story with the final disposition of her money and possessions. Otherwise, both books present an in-depth look at the life and decades in seclusion of heiress Clarke and the greedy people who took advantage of her at every turn. No wonder she became a recluse.
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sheila ruth
Is this Scofield Study bible a real KJV or a NKJV
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sean dashner
My cousin Chris Sattler helped get truth out. The Clarke relatives are scum bags, Ms Clarke didn't trust them for good reason. All they wanted was her money. Many they burn in he'll.
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cassie
vbvbvbv
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melissa moritz
Boring. Who cares what the heck she wore to the numerous balls of her youth. Ugh
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susan clarke
great
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terri akey
Although we hear a lot about the historical millionaires of America, I don't think the public is aware of many of them. So this book, and its wide reaching examination of the time and world surrounding of Huguette's life, sheds a lot of light on a whole mechanism of America that largely goes undiscussed. I am enthralled by her as a character, so this was all very interesting to me in that it really gave me a lot of context for her story. But I do tend to think you need to have a certain level of fascination with her for it to be a fulfilling read. Otherwise I can see someone getting bogged down by all the extraneous information. As another reviewer stated, I missed the lack of pictures, but it didn't detract in too heavy of a way. Although it does surround all the events of her life, I do think there was some essence of the person of Huguette missing in this book. She is there constantly, of course, but I felt as if I were learning about her as one might learn about a historical figure in a textbook. What makes me think of a biography as spectacular is that I walk away with not only the facts and figures of a life, but having a real sense of who the person was in a personal way. That may have been somewhat lacking in this. Nevertheless, it was still a fascinating read and a real discovery of a whole way of life that I didn't know much about. (Now that I have all the proper historical context, this book honestly makes me hope for someone to do a fictionalized account/based on the life of novel for Huguette that would really bring to life all the documents of a person we have detailed here.)

I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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megh
I found this book an amazing read. Meryl Gordon is a very thorough writer and very much appreciated her well researched perspective. Phantom is a historical biography about one of the lesser known wealthiest heiresses in American history. Even in New York City where the Vanderbilts and Astors have left their stamp all over, I had never heard much about Huguette Clark.

The background history on Clark's life stems from her father's early fortune as a copper magnate. The book starts off as a rags to riches type story of a hard working Scottish immigrant who considered himself more well read and preferred the more intellectual side of life than many of the other robber barons of the time. He turned a profit in Montana, but much of his entrepreneurship was discussed as he did it in somewhat of an unethical way.

Loved that Gordon pays special attention to the environmental consequences which mining left on the Montana. That details was super relevant in a world today where we take great pride in climate issues. Another fun trivia fact was that Clark was the namesake for Las Vegas county, something I did not know about while I lived there years ago.

Clark marries Huguette's mom, Anna who is his underage protege. He pays for her to live and study the musical arts in Paris. Kind of a sugar daddy type relationship which was very scandalous at the time.

Phantom is a fascinating read for history buffs. This book will take you to another era in so many ways. Discusses Clark's great art collection which he grew from frequent trips to Europe and after his death has a contentious row with the Met leaving his fortune to the Corcoran museum in D.C. instead.

The early into to the life of Huguette Clark reads like a spy novel entrenched by enablers who have a legal and financial incentive to exploit the wealthy heriess. She is cut off from the world because of a significant generation gap and a lifetime of tragedy. Her younger sister dies tragically at 17 which left an overshadowing depression in the lives of this well to do family.

Her eccentricities seemed reminiscent of Howard Hughes. Enablers such as doctors, nurses and lawyers in the end are her only "friends." And these people arguable take advantage of her rather than looking out for her best interests.

Beth Israel, happily is now bought out by another well known company now, but does not make out well in this story. The staff kept encouraging million dollar donations in exchange for keeping her in the hospital for an extended amount of time which to my mind seems like extremely unethical business practices.
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cordula
Huguette Clark is a lady of mystery even after her death in 2011. She was the last child of William Clark -- the second richest man in the United States who also was a senator. Huguette was a poor little rich girl. She married for a very short time and then divorced. Due to a conversation that her father gives her the advice that you cannot trust anyone, they will want to use you or get your money. After the death of her sister, Huguette starts to isolate herself from the world until she almost becomes completely isolated. She ends up living her last 20 years in the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. In the end though, all who know her fight for her money. Huguette lived a fascinating life. The book brought to me a life that is so very different from my own. Even though she lived in "wealth," there appears to me that she had some type of psychological problem that was never addressed.

This book was fascinating and well researched. It is not only a biography but also a historical description of the time. The book is very dense. I need to buy a copy for myself as I wish to re-read it.

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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a kaluza
Huguette Clark, the daughter of William Andrews Clark, was born into extreme wealth. As the second family of W. A. Clark, Huguette was largely estranged from her half siblings, instead she spent her childhood with her older sister and mother. After the death of her sister and father, Huguette and her mother removed themselves from society. After the death of Huguette's mother, she lived alone, rarely leaving her home. After being admitted to the hospital for skin cancer, Huguette decided to stay, and spend he last two decades of her life never leaving the hospital grounds. Taken advantage of by nurses and doctors, Huguette gave large amounts of money away to those around her. After her death, the inevitable fight over her estate raged on, with relatives crawling out of the woodwork.

What I found to be of interest was how Huguette's legal affairs were completely botched. I wonder if this was due to naiveté, greed, or just the pressures of dealing with a demanding and narcissistic person. It was certainly interesting reading about her life and how she ended up. I think this would make a fascinating psychiatric study, it's too bad she never let a psychologist examine her. At times the book seemed to move slowly and seemed a bit biased against those around her. Overall, not a bad read.
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trish leja bloom
I've have now read both books on Huguette Clark, and I did not like this one as much as Empty Mansion. I thought this would be the one I would like more, but no. First, I really think the title is an insult to Mrs. Clark, makes her sound so weird, when she really was just a very nice person who wanted total and complete privacy. I think after reading both , that she just didn't want to be pulled into the way the press sensationalizes rich and popular people's lives-and so she closely chose what and how she did it, because she could. Yes she was different to most of us, but she made very good reading material even though she stayed out of public eye. This book seemed to make her as the 'bad guy' for not giving her distant relatives control and goes on too much about how they tried to get at her. I think "Empty Mansion" was kinder to her.
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patty kemmer
I wanted to like this book. I mean really like this book. However, it left me feeling empty. I could have read the Sunday newspaper and felt more engaged. I disliked rereading excerpts from previous chapters. I wish more copies of her art work could have been included. A picture of her handwriting. Just something to make this book less about money and more about the woman. The research is tremendous.
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mascanlon
Meryl Gordon does an excellent job of bringing you in to the life of Huguette Clark.
Towards the end, I was left wishing I could have been there, not to get any of her money, but to take her home and let her know what it felt like to have someone genuinely care about her, for her.
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namreeta kumari
So I feel bad for the author here because, had the publisher known there was another book in the works by the guy who broke the original story, they wouldn't have bought it. And Maryl Gordon wouldn't have written it.

So what you have with this book--which I bought at Barnes & Noble because the store wasn't shipping it--is something that was only written, edited, and published because of an oversight.

OK, so the book itself: It adds almost nothing to what is already known (You can Google the minor breaks) and is too speculative in places. One of the challenges of writing a biography of a recluse who is no longer alive is that you don't know what the person was thinking at many points in their life--particularly because so many of the people from Clark's life are long dead. There's a fair amount of license taken in terms of what Huguette Clark was thinking at different times. I don't think it really adds to the book and it is kind of annoying.

Most of what isn't good about this book isn't Meryl Gordon's fault--although I found the petty criticisms of the author of Empty Mansions criticisms somewhat annoying (Tip: Don't excoriate someone for referring to someone as an "old lady" when you called her a PHANTOM in the title of your own book).

In short: Skip this and read Empty Mansions, which will go down as the definitive account of this weird affair.
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karen
Having already read another account of the elusive Hugette Clark's life EMPTY MANSIONS, this is a worthy competitor to the first book and somewhat of draw in comparison.
The content is in my opinion the same and fascinating stuff. While Hugette traveled under the radar for most of her life, it was after a short lived marriage that she receded from public life. For all intent, she disappeared and if any thought was given to her it obviously wasn't much.
Hugette was the daughter of mining magnet/US Senator from Montana William Clark and his second wife. Her older half siblings were appropriately aged to be her parents. Nonetheless, her father was definitely involved in the lives of his two youngest daughters from wife #2. While Hugette spent some time in Montana and was born in Paris, NYC and a mansion of gigantic proportion was her home base growing up.
This book traces Hugette's fascination with homes she infrequently visited yet continued to maintain once the visits stopped all together. It looks not only at her life style but the contacts she maintained during her life and attempts to offer up some explanations for her reclusive behavior despite the fact that she seemed not only happy but comfortable behind closed doors. It also delves into the source(s) of her immense wealth and the continuing revenues which were impossible to deplete despite her fascination with unused properties.
While author Meryl Gordon doesn't spend as much time looking into the background of her father William Clark as is done in EMPTY MANSIONS, she vindicates herself with a lot of equally fascinating touches when looking into Clark's personal contacts and trying to decipher a life that ended at the age of 104. Gordon also manages to open up a fascinating glimpse of a woman who appears to have kept absolutely everything and turned out to be quite an artist during her years of solitude. The descriptions of her homes were incredible because all were opulent and historically interesting.
I liked this book because it wasn't a typical poor little rich girl story. That two books could be written and manage to be fascinating despite the fact that its subject for all external purposes might have actually been dead is a wonder to me.
Well written and hugely interesting, this is a great read for the dog days of summer.
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alice akinsola
Huguette Clark was a very interesting, complex person who happened to an heiress to one of the largest fortunes in America. Between her father, W.A. Clark (1839-1925) and herself (1906-2011), they were on this earth for a total of 172 years! She was a very talented woman, artistic, eccentric, extremely generous and loyal to friends and employees. She paid wages and made cash gifts to widows and children long after the passing of the original receiver in question. She had mansions she had either never lived in or hadn't visited for over 50 years at the time of her death, yet they were kept in readiness for her return. She spent the last two decades of her life in a hospital, even though her health was good until well over her century mark. She had extremely greedy relatives who, even after their own ancestors had inherited their fair share and spent it decades before, demanded a piece of great and great-great Aunt Huguette's money. She also had a manipulative nurse, who milked her kind employer's sympathies to the tune of $31 million in cash, along with homes, rental properties and cars. She was surrounded by inept lawyers and an accountant who was a convicted sexual predator (which she never found out)who failed to pay Clark's gift taxes to the extent that her estate owed $90 million. This brought her estate down to $210 million, both mind-boggling amounts. Her will had given none of the money to her half great great nieces and nephews, but they got it anyway, mostly due to inept legal practice in the signing and execution of her will.
But the problem with this book is its negativity. Another book, 'Empty Mansions' by Bill Dedham and Paul Newell, was better researched and certainly a more pleasant and fascinating read. If you choose to read only one book about the life of Huguette Clark, make it theirs. To give an example of Ms. Gordon's bitter take on history, she left no opportunity to fail to criticize the person who amassed a fortune of over $300 million dollars before the turn of he 20th century. She refers to W. A. Clark, Huguette's father, repeatedly as a 'robber baron'. Perhaps she felt the source of his empire, which was copper mining, was a most unsavory way to make money. Coming from a mining district in beautiful Colorado, I can concur that very few people 'like' mining, but it is hubris to overlook the necessities mining provides, i.e. conduction of electricity, telephone wires stretching the world and a gigantic copper cable under the ocean, making communication with Europe and the world possible prior to fiber optics. Around here, molybdenum is mined, which most people are unaware is a mineral that it is needed to harden steel to make cars, buildings, etc. I kept thinking of a saying many miners use, "Let the bastards freeze to death in the dark" the entire time I read her whiny commentary. I would be willing to bet she has used a car, a phone and every other mined element in the course of her life, while failing to recognize that someone has to mine it from our earth. She criticized a one point in the book, W. A. Clark's enterprise to bring eggs to the mining community of Butte, MT. He traveled over 12 days in the winter by wagon or horse-back, with no small amount of his product breaking or freezing, to sell a dozen eggs for $3. His crime....that he paid only 25 cents per dozen. He owned a bank and sometimes had to call in a loan; he found money making opportunities at every turn. He seemed to be a 'corrupt' politician, assuming there are some that aren't, I can't understand what her problem with free enterprise is; perhaps she resents those who have more money than she does?
By all means, skip this one and read the other book. It has beautiful colored illustrations and a much less negative slant.
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heather guerena
The Phantom of Fifth Avenue by Meryl Gordon is a Kindle e-book I began reading in late January before delving into other, non-fiction Goodreads FirstReads. I decided I should give this book a try before reading another bio of Huguette Clark from an author named Bill Dedman that appeared on the Colbert Report.

Mrs. Clark's solitary, shut-in condition at the end of her life seemed to be brought on by a constant series of tragedies from within and outside of her family - death of family members at early ages, the death of her mother when Huguette was least prepared to manage her family's estate, the Japanese internment, international press and private publications of her family's secrets and unseemly behavior, and the inquest of her fortune by her cousins and would-be suitors. Her life story is bookended by the money-driven feud between her extended family members and caregiving staff of her death and is capped off at the conclusion of the book with some of the author's ill-timed and poorly-framed theories.
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allynn
This is a review of the audiobook version of "The Phantom of Fifth Avenue."

I listened to both this and "Empty Mansions" in their entirety, and I give this book five stars for its superior research. It also carries the story through the settlement of the probate litigation which followed immediately after Huguette Clark's death.

However, I do think the author treats the litigious Clark family members with too much solicitude. Like the nurses and the hospital, they only began showing concern for Huguette once her advanced age had made her vulnerable. Her money was like blood on the water to these people.

One small problem with the audiobook is that the professional reader consistently mispronounces Huguette's name as "YOO-get" rather than the French "oo-GET," which is quite annoying.

On substance, I give the book an "A." It's a terrific read.
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tom cowdery
While the research seems well done, there is an odd juxtaposition of combining almost pedantic detail with jumps in logic regarding the mind of the subject. It seemed odd, not in a way that ruins the book but does muddle the style a bit to have an almost shopping list checked off approach of facts mixed with a small leap on the author's part to imagine what someone else was thinking. It just didn't quite work at times and drew some of the intended fascination of the case to a stand still.
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kimberley
I titled my review with F. Scott Fitzgerald's well known observation because it is dead on correct in the case of Huguette Clark. The youngest daughter of a self-made multimillionaire mineowner and politician by his second, much younger, wife, Clark was born in 1906 and lived until 2011. Always retiring and never outgoing, she gradually became a complete recluse, first hiding in her grand Fifth Avenue apartment and then spending the last twenty years of her life in a small hospital room. Most people who are agoraphobic or extremely shy are forced by the necessities of life to cope with and at least partially overcome their neuroses. Clark's millions meant she never had to overcome anything: she could pay other people to cope for her while she drifted along in her own private world. Meryl Gordon has done a stellar job of chronicling Huguette's life, which perforce means chronicling the people she hired to deal with the world for her. It's a unique tale, filled with unimaginable wealth, great art, and what must have been great happinesses and terrible sorrows. It's also a tale of exploitation, because the people Huguette hired and used to keep the world at bay (making some of them into well-paid slaves) in turn took advantage of her willingness to pull out her checkbook and write checks for thousands or even millions of dollars.

As Gordon describes it Huguette's early years were fairly idyllic. She had loving parents and an adored older sister and was surrounded by servants who pampered her. She lived in a garish mansion on Fifth Avenue and in similarly swanky establishments in France and California.
She attended school for awhile and developed her considerable artistic talents under the tutelage of a well regarded painter . She made a brief marriage that ended in divorce, and then she withdrew. She lived quietly in her widowed mother's shadow until Mrs. Clark died in 1963, and then she disappeared, focusing on her art collecting dolls, and ordering intricately detailed miniature houses and Japanese castles from workmen who never saw her. Her maginificent homes in Connecticut and California were perfectly maintained but never visited, and friends and family members forgot about her. In 1991 she was more or less forced into a hospital to be treated for skin cancer. Realizing that she enjoyed the company of her doctors and nurses she stayed on, paying outrageously high sums to the hospital and her caretakers while she watched cartoons and played with her dolls. Her death in 2011 touched off a gigantic legal storm, as family members and beneficiaries from the two wills she had signed in her final years struggled for control of her enormous fortune.

It's really difficult to feel that much sorrow for Huguette Clark herself. However odd her life appears to us, she must have been happy, especially in her last two decades when she was surrounded by people she cared for in an environment in which she felt secure. My feelings towards her family members, many of whom had no idea she even existed until rumors of her vast wealth reached them, are much more equivocal. Similarly, it's difficult to feel much sympathy for, or to completely condemn, the many lawyers, accountants, doctors, nurses, and others who worked long hours for Huguette but were given outlandishly huge gifts totalling millions of dollars in return. The final chapter dealing with the complications of who was to inherit Huguette's millions is probably the most fascinating, detailing possessions and sums of money that most of us have difficulty imagining.
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ramona st
I'm going to keep this review to a minimum as it would be hard to offer an in depth review without giving away vital information about the book.

I though the idea behind this biography was very interesting and the author did an excellent job researching and providing the reader with information that was previously unknown. For a woman with such an uneventful life as Huguette Clark, this was still a pretty hard to crack mystery and exciting recount.

Overall, I found this to be fascinating at times, and not so much at others. There are a lot of people to keep track of right from the beginning, so if you like to read whilst doing other things that demand your attention, this may be somewhat difficult to follow.

Still, it was well written and informative.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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muji sasmito
Fascinating woman. Would like a drs opinion as to why she was such a recluse. I feel she missed so much of her life, even if she did feel content with "things as they were."
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allison el koubi
I couldn't put this book down. It's so richly detailed (no pun intended) and an almost guilty pleasure glimpse into a fascinating time. I also liked the way Huguette's eccentricities - or lifestyle choices, or possible mental illness, whatever the theory - were treated neutrally, neither glorified nor vilified.
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kay cooke
better than another book on this subject, Empty Mansions, this biography is both endearing and complex. The enormity of this fortune she squandered on the people around her is staggering and how she allowed herself to be used by a nurse she loved is the real mystery here. a
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nick chen
After attending the auction of heiress Huguette Clark's family treasures at Christie's last month, I was intrigued by the woman who, while still owning all of these riches chose to live the last twenty years of her life in a dismal hospital room. Meryl Gordon's writing answered many of my questions and provided an intimate look into the life of the proverbial "poor little rich girl." I enjoyed this wonderful book and at the same time felt sad for its reclusive subject.
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esther
Absolutely fascinating. I couldn't put this book down. You can't make up a story like this.
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frank lechuga
A wonderfully written look at an elusive woman, The Phantom Of Fifth Avenue brings to life a world of privilege and greed. Meryl Gordon gives us access to the world of Huguette Clark, with all of the requisite mansions and greedy hangers on that caused this healthy woman to retreat to life in a hospital. With access to documents and interviews with heretofore silent witnesses, this is the book to read this summer.
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stephen morgan
Met expectations
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kat i e
This book reads like an English doctoral dissertation thesis. It is carefully researched and presented in a dry manner. Don't waste your time unless you have an obsession with the idle rich. I personally have disdain for people who singularly chase shiny objects, and I did not like any of these people.
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jeff locke
What a great read! Thoroughly enjoyed this book!
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sheri wallace
A fascinating and very well researched tale of over-the-top wealth and eccentricity, from the pre-Twitter days when you could become a recluse in relative peace.
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steve holt
A bit boring in beginning but got more interesting.
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charlotte is reading
Very interesting! Families are interesting!!
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sheelagh
Such an interesting story that not very many people were ever aware of.
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evan allen
I read the write up on this book and liked what I read. So I ordered it for my own private
Library. I will donate to the Public library after I read it.
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latrise ashford
A compelling read. Once I started the book I was involved with the lifestyle of Hugette and what influenced her to become the reclusive person. Very well written and am recommending it to my book club as her life offers much for discussion.
Barbara Lowell
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