The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt - Fortune's Children

By Arthur T Vanderbilt II

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rambu
I enjoyed this book, looking back at the excesses of the gilded age. Very entertaining and well written, with a lesson to be learned for our materialistic society
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rahul
Great book!
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lemonpoop
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kandice chew
Interesting book just to long
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janie lange
really well written, and I'm a trained writer. so interesting.
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alana
Interesting family! Great descriptions of the Vanderbilt family members and of the family wealth and extravagances.
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justin wright
I ordered this book after I read the the store reviews, and I have to say this is the rare occasion that the reviews were 'off.' It's an interesting volume but is no where near as captivating as the story of Huguette Clark in Empty Mansions.
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paige renfro
Great book. Read it in 2 days as I couldn't put it down.
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markus mcdowell
Interesting g book...too long!
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aleksandar rudic
Living in Henderonville County and visiting Biltmore multiple times I found the book to be interesting in adding bits and pieces to my knowledge of family and Biltmore Estate.
A b it long and dry but overall a good read.
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vinoaj vijeyakumaar
This book is fascinating reading. The anomaly that wealth creates is frightening especially in light of the comments that many of the Vanderbilts made concerning the negative effects of life that being born into wealth creates.
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d barger
I truly enjoyed this detailed account of the Vanderbilt Family story. The book is well written!
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emily boyd
Loved it
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tristan child
It is a descriptive story of the high social life in NYC at that time period. You might think it is a soap opera if it wasn't true.
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traci
A well written People Magazine on the Vanderbilts. Tragedy abounds and money does not buy happiness. Wish some of the houses had been historically saved.
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becca
Well written and very informative.
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juliebaby
Very interesting details of the goings on of the Vanderbilt family.
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kaitlyn tucek
Fascinating book. Well written as well as informative. FIVE stars
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sara johansson
I haven't finished the book but it is just as I wanted. The history of the family and the era is great.
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still fetalvero
Interesting and easy read.
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mamafeelgood
Great, all around.
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ursula
Interesting read about one of the most famous families of the Gilded age. I enjoyed the insight into the lifestyle of the super rich of the 19th century.
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laura mccaskill
A very frank account of the Vanderbilt Family from how they made their fortune to how each generation spent it.
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shatha
Very good, being rich doesn't always make a better life nor does giving some of it away make up for destroying the lives of so many others.
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marcia mcnally
I enjoyed this book.
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andreanna nafie wynkoop
Great book - held your interest and attention from start to finish.
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aydin
A spectacular read. One of the best chronologies of a Gilded Age family that has been written. To peer not this era is like remembering a dream once one has awoken. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
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berke
Well written and held my interest. Nice historic read of a time in American history like no other, good read
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priya
Great read
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danica ingram
If you saw Downton Abbey series, you must read this book.
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marianna
This was a quick, light read. Very informative about the first families with "new" money in America.
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grey853
Very interesting book!
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natalie pinedo
Good
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tanner boothby
This was a good book if you are interested in the Vanderbilt fortune and children.
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marihonu
Saw the recent Gloria Vanderbilt interview with her son, Anderson Cooper. Looked for a book, and based on the store reviews, this was a winner; you won't be disappointed. Fascinating family history, New York society, the marriages of their children, the building of their estates is fascinating.
I found myself sidetracked by googling some of their former addresses to see current pictures of a few of their properties and then reading more. Excellent read.
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tamika
Great story about the Gilded Age. Very interesting family history.
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sefali
Very good, and informative. So interesting, the gilded age!!!
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yedidya
Very interesting view of a vast fortune made and lost through the generations of the Vanderbilt family.
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adityo sastromuljono
Outstanding book...........very well written...........would definitely recommend to read........wonderful insight to a world that once existed in the United States.
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nick amenta
WOW! Talk about wretched excess and out of control egos. This appears to be a family of weak men and insanely avaricious women who married them. I'm sure the Commodore would like to rewrite history.
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hadi nor
Interesting
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sary fairchild
Compelling read!!!
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despina
I haven't finished this yet, however, what I've read so far is great. The story is very interesting and well written. I plan on reading more books by this author. Enjoy
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sandeep massey
Everything was great,
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daniel tasayco
EXCELLENT book! Great read with a lot of history. Never boring.
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amy forster
My sister suggested this book since we are visiting Newport this fall.
The Vanderbilts are just as sorry as the Kennedy family.
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anda
The author, gave a very detailed "picture" of the Vanderbilt family. The book was well researched and the details were enlightening.
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tracy thomas
Would have been nice to have had a diagram of the family tree to follow - my Kindle didn't have one.
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santacular
Excellent account of history of 'The Gilded Age'. Many insights rarely
Shared in other books of the same magnitude. Very interesting.
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aahzmandius
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Gilded Age. It is a fascinating story about the richest people in the world and their greed.
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jason saldanha
Somewhat disappointing. Not as full of scandal and mis-steps as the other reviews might lead you to believe. Often a little muddy to get through. Still, interesting to learn more about a family that remains at the height of social respect today, despite their significant steps down the ladder.
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kasra
Too much verbage spent on minor and uninteresting characters. Otherwise ok
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julia b
Hard to put this book down! Read it fast - very interesting. Also really enjoyed the photo's - put's face on the characters.
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nikki0283
Great book
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svnh
I was fascinated by the lifestyle. Although I knew of the accomplishments and the riches, I was unaware of the family stories and the details which led to the "fall".
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manuela d az
A good overview of the lives of the "1%" during the Gilded Age.
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kris evans paull
Very fascinating look into the lives of Americas former rich and famous.
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juniper
very good reading lots of history in how usa so built and fast the money when in the family GONE
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nesnesnes
Melds personalities with their historical perspective. Very interesting factually supported rendition of the rise and fall of a great family.
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oana maries
Fascinating!
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anouk martin
This is an excellent book for anyone who has ever wondered how some family's keep their wealth and others are back to working class in 3 generations? This book explains it with interesting true facts of the lives of the family of the richest man in the world Cornelius Vanderbilt and the unsustainable lifestyles they loved.
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abby schwarz
I liked this family saga that expands around hundred years, new to me about gilded years of America how the money came by hard work and lost by extravagant spending
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sasha8
Amazingly researched!
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amanda nissen
Very good and interesting book!
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murali
An interesting read about the Vanderbilts, but not much that's new here. The author covers in great detail the rise of Cornelius V. and the custody trial of little Gloria V. but sheds no additional light on things that haven't already received a lot of publicity. So, its a bit of a re-hash of things I've already heard before.
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erin book
Entertaining. A little too
Much of the society information and not as much on the financial side.
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sakshi gopal
Interesting read - if you're considering it, it's worth your time.
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febin
Great read.Riches beyond belief.
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brian ayres
This book is so interesting it's actually the first book I haven't been able to
put down since I read Gone With The Wind years ago. I was so disappointed
the first time I saw the movie of Gone With The Wind, because it didn't hold a candle to the book. I purchased the
Kindle version of Fortune's Children I didn't put my Kindle down for 3 days! This book was recommended to me by the store based on my prior purchases and I couldn't be more pleased.

Thank you!
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erin condran
Very well writeen interesting story
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dylan lawrence
Fascinating and thorough biography
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rod dunsmore
Couldn't put it down. Intriguing view of society in that era. And the how people couldn't spend more money fast enough
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ian o gorman
Very interesting, didn't want to put it down.
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elsie
Living in Asheville, NC and visiting the Biltmore Estate numerous times yearly, it was a most interesting read.
Fame and fortune isn't all that it appears to be.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
virginia reynolds
I enjoy the history of our country and these people played their part. Money can certainly not assure happiness but it makes for an interesting lifestyle.
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susanlsimon simon
Too long!
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bridgit
outstanding book to enjoy, very attentive reading. inspired me.
by the vanderbilt family lineage. rateing five star.
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ali shahab
Just very interesting reading.
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sebom
Super entertaining, well-written, and highly educative.
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thulasi ram
I was a little disappointed with the small amount of information specifically regarding Biltmore!
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ondra krajtl
I never retread books..... However, this is one I seem to want to read again and again! I am always amazed to read this history and am always left baffled at the sad lives this wealth has brought to its family. It's hard to keep a Who Begat Who list straight in your head without a family tree diagram.... Make one yourself while you are reading.
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shannon miya
I enjoyed the historic value of the book but felt the author just couldn't set a pace and stick with it, repeating some stories of certain Vanderbilt family members over and over to the point I became bored. I did manage to get through the book in spite of the fact that it didn't flow well for my personal taste.
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pinkayla
Well written...informative.
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unai
Behind the scene of the rise, fall and folly of the rich of America. Where much is given, as much can be lost.
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tamara
Loved it. Hard to strike the right balance between all the facts and a good read, but this does it.
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batac slothboy
The author did a good job of capturing not only the opulence of the life styles but the personalities of each individuals.
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david crompton
Interesting story; truly horrendous digital edition. Beset by typos, inverted characters and footnotes that were way too intrusive (typeface and color). And precious few pictures, which in this sort of bio are expected and required.
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poupee
Fantastic and accurate research went into this book. An amazing look into one of the most notable families of the Gilded Age
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shawne
Research for this book was well done. It is written in a manner which
places you at the scene. I just loved reading it and will no doubt read it over again.
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spiros
Extremely interesting account of the demise of the Vanderbilt fortune. Obviously, this will not be available at the Biltmore Estate bookshop!
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kevin o connell
I visited Biltmore Estate with my family in October. I wanted to know more about the Vanderbilt family so I bought this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about what could have been a very dry topic. This author brought the family to life for me. I recommend this book if you want to know the Vanderbilt history...how they made their money and how they managed to spend most of it.
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beka
Yes, lots of good detail. Maybe too much detail, kind of research-paper-like. So many books I've bought that hold some promise until a monotony sets in about a third of the way through, and I really don't care anymore. I think I'm about a third of the way through this, and it is proving to be one of the many.
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alison howard
Fantastic book- lots of detailed information. Well written.
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mike allen
A great read.
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alex v
this was an erudite, thoroughly researched tome on the cultural history of Iceland - concentrating on the literary and economic/rural and social/rural aspects over the country's long and uniform history. not for the casual travel looking for a bit of background, but for one who wants to begin a deep study of the island. It should be complimented with a typical historical study of Iceland - one of which i could NOT find available on kindle books for sale...
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emily ann meyer
Most interesting about a family that once had so much control and now has nothing
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amanda hawley
Fascinating read!!!
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joann hutto
We went to the Biltmore mansion this summer and I was interested in the history of this family. I loved this book. The title of this book is "fortune's children", but it covers entire history of Vanderbilt family from the first generation. It was also very attractive to me the society of gilded age rich people in NYC in this book!
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bill schroer
Great read!!
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roberto musa giuliano
Interesting, well-written story about an American family and their times. I'm not sure why it didn't receive better reviews when it was published. Recently read that HBO is planning on doing a 1-hour encapsulation of the story. Can't do it justice--a mini-series or a full-length movie would be better.
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carr jacquelyn
If you ever craved great riches, this story will turn you against ever wanting such wealth. Some of the women who married into the Vanderbilt line spent so wantonly that it begs understanding. They may have considered themselves aristocrats but their behavior was abominable.
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aiysha duncan
Great book
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shawks bell
Fabulous! I have loaned this book to many people.
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mackenzie gentry
interesting to read..
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natasha orgass
The story is very interesting, but the book is extremely long and repetitive, it is difficult to follow because it jumps from one time to another. Sometimes it describe with extreme detail every party repeating constantly the same idea.
I like the book because it gave me a good idea of the aristocracy and there values an fights. I enjoy the first part very much. Later on it was hard to follow. It has very good information
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celina willis
Good read about the curse of money and how it colored everyone's lives. It was a burden to them all.
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judy demma
Excellent! Fascinating family! Did more for America's charity than most know.
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chris lockey
As the title indicates this is not about how Cornelius Vanderbilt built the family fortune but how his grandsons and granddaughters managed to dissipate the family fortune. I was especially interested in how the Cecil branch of the family have kept control of the Biltmore Estate near Asheville, N.C.
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laura hall
i HAVE READ A LOT OF BOOKS ON THE VANDERBILT'S AND THIS ONE IS AMONG THE BEST
EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY IS COVERED HERE FROM BEGINNING TO END
IF YOU WANT MORE INFO ON GLORIA I RECOMMEND LITTLE GLORIA HAPPY AT LAST
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michal w
Money doesn't always buy everything. It is a fascinating history of a family that made sooooo much money and spent it just as quickly. Truly amazing stories of the excesses of the age.
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jackieo
Loved this book! Fascinating!
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sarah flynn
I guess I didn't like reading about some of the not so nice people in the family - but it was interesting what people will do with money - especially Alva.
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baco
I enjoyed reading the Fortune's Children" by Arthur T. Vanderbilt a brilliantly written book and so much more.
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doryen chin
Had read this on my iPad and thought my mother would like it, but being 92, felt that the hard copy would be easiest to read.. Well written and very interesting. Almost all the wealth was lost by the 3rd generation. Highly recommend
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connor rushen
I thought this book was going to be a little more interesting and would keep my attention. I found some of the chapters fairly interesting while others were downright tedious Only a few of the Vanderbilt's seemed to have any worthy character. It is a sad commentary on the extreme idle rich which never seem to find their lives worthwhile nor content.
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abe poetra
Very interesting read..
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jan watson
Don't be fooled by publisher try to use the popularity of Downton Abbey to sell the book. The Vanderbilt's are nothing like Downton Abbey or the Crawley's. Ridiculous! If you want to read about the rise and fall within 100 years of a family, this is your book. Wish the author had included a family tree to keep track of who is who and who are they descended from besides Cornelius Vanderbilt.
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byron seese
I live in Mexico City. I am mexican.
Let's see how the Slim family does once "The Engineer" is gone !!
Interesting part of the US history.
It is probably this phase in history that Mexico is going through. Monopolies and all...
I strongly recomend this book not only because of all the gossip on how extremely people live. It gives us all a lesson on what happens when you center your life on spending vs investing.
That is probably at the center of the current global economic situation: everybody wants to live like a Vanderbilt !!!
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gmostafa
Great insight int to the history but comes to a quick close about how all the money was lost. Great history and colorful characters. If you want to learn more about them, this is a great place to start.
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arya
Bought it for my wife who said it is a great read about a topic she loves. Can't wait to get my chance!
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hala al abed
I enjoyed the book itself, but I expect a book with a publisher to be edited even in Kindle form. Too many typos.
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roger aplon
Amazing story of the famous family. Really gives you a gllmpse of the era and all behind the scenes social life and business machinations.
Fascnating read.
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shelby porscha
It is very informative, however, it gets a bit slow or maybe I should say boring due to excessive coverage of the many highbrow parties.
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ismail zahirovic
Like others before that rated this book, lots and lots of typos and editorial errors. Having said that, a fascinating look at this family and how they made and lost their money. Talk about over the top entertaining. Having visited Biltmore Estate many times, it was enjoyable to read about the construction of the home and the surrounding properties. Each one tried to out do the other with lavish parties and houses. A fun read - would recommend.
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ayesha sadiq
Not an uplifting kind of book.
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olsy vinoli arnof
my kind of book..great
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ranjeeta
I have been reading history of the Vanderbilt's for a few years now. It is great to see how it used to be in the US.
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al r
In the geographical description on page 8, "It (ferry Bellona) ran from Elizabethtown Point up the Raritan River to New Brunswick,..." It turns out New Brunswick is on the south of Elizabethtown. So, the correction should be that Bellona ran from E. Point down (***) the Raritan River.
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anu rajaraman
The story is just not interesting enough or memorable enough to keep my interest so after 100 pages, I gave up.
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linda grischy
Stupid people with stupid money.
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karen lapuk
I LOVE THIS BOOK.
I can read it again & again & never get tired dreaming about the characters described in this book & the lives they lived.
It takes you from beginning to end.
Pennies on a Dollar????
A Lesson to be Learned.
Never to be forgotten.
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elisha wagman
A thoughtful inside examination of the origin and dissipation of family wealth. Reminds us all that the drive and determination that fuel a fortune is not frequently inherited by subsequent generations. Success does not always breed success.
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hiyuki
Well written and interesting. The story of the Vanderbilts is a sad story of excess and pride. Few of them were happy. A good caution against living for material things.
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ajay kalyankar
I still have not read this book but will be reading it in the near future.
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caleb h
Living in Asheville, NC and visiting the Biltmore Estate frequently, this book puts a whole new meaning on my visits. It is a sad book in that the fortune's built by the Vanderbilt's elders, were lost on foolishness by their ancestors. The opulence in their lifestyle, and trying to out do others in "high" society, in order to make a name for themselves, is just plain silly. All of the money they spent on foolishness could have made a huge difference in the society of their times in philanthropist ways. The book is a lesson for all of us. It reminds us, that in the end, was it really necessary? Was it really worth it? What could I have done differently to make life better for someone less fortunate that me?
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tara mcgovern
I enjoyed the book as I love Newport RI. It's a fantastic place to visit and I always wanted to know more about the Vanderbilt's, Asters,etc.. The author made the reader feel a part of the novel. I highly recommend it.
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sheri fyfe
I love to read about how people spend ridiculous amounts of money. This well written book did that in spades!
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parisa h taheri
too much about how they became rich and not enough spicy gossip
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fbpoint
I really enjoy NY history and this book seemed to include allsorts of interesting facts.
There were a lot of characters and occasionly I wasn't quite sure who was who.
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saman kashi
FAN-TASTIC~! Could not put it down~!
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satya sudheer
Ten pages was all I could do. Boring !!!!
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chetan
I did not read this as it was a gift to my daughter who enjoyed readaing all of it after visiting Vanderbilt homes.
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