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Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

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19 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

Empty Mansions is a curious book. It details the life of Huguett

Empty Mansions is a curious book. It details the life of Huguette Clark, a recluse millionaire and her family. There is lots of information on this little known child of wealth. Author Bill Dedman does a fine job providing details of the family.

posted by JBecker55 on September 10, 2013

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

This book was extremely well written and I did find it hard to p

This book was extremely well written and I did find it hard to put down but mainly because I thought that after
the long and tedious history of WA and the history of his acquisitions, I would finally learn about the life of Huguette.  
The book never really provided an...
This book was extremely well written and I did find it hard to put down but mainly because I thought that after
the long and tedious history of WA and the history of his acquisitions, I would finally learn about the life of Huguette.  
The book never really provided an in depth analysis of this very peculiar woman.  I found myself disturbed on
many levels and do not really like the lady at all. As for the co-author, Paul, he says he corresponded with Huguette
But I find him irresponsible for not stepping up and initiating an investigation into his aunt.  We have a weak district
attorney in NY.  I do not know why Hadassah isn't in jail and why the hospitals weren't sued for negligence.  
The lady's story is never told but I'm sure the only ones who know her story can't come forward because they were siphoning all of her worldly goods and money.
Good read but lacking in many facts.

posted by Johanna197 on October 10, 2013

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Well written, but very a very sad tale.

    Found Huguette's life a fascinating story, but a very sad one. The point of view of the authors was a little slanted toward the family, and quite negative on the hospital and nurse staff. So I researched the trial after finishing the book. I will not spoil it for other readers, but I was very surprised to say the least. I think it helps to research a little more to get a concise picture. I still am baffled that a woman with her money could maintain that level of privacy on her own, so I tend to agree with some others that she was manipulated and that she had some form of mental illness. Enjoyed the part about her father's history, and found his rise to power so fascinating. Enjoyable read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Interesting

    Not withstanding the robber barons that everyone has heard of, it was interesting to learn about a woman from the golden age that had managed to live so very privately despite her great wealth that no one knew who she or her family was. My main disappointment was hoping for more pictures of her various estates, the ghost apartments on 5th avenue and her vast collections of dolls and the dollhouses she had specially commissioned

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

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    Trying to finish this book. Such a sad family with more money and time on ther hands...such a waste for so many people who could have benefited. I truly do not know what to think of this book...unbelievable!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    INTERESTING BIT OF HISTORY...

    Interesting from a historical viewpoint. One almost feels guilty reading about her life since she went to such great lengths to protect her privacy. A rather sad story in many ways.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Interesting book to read!

    Was a interesting book to read, very different. Hard to believe someone could live like that for so long. Not a bad book, just a different topic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Could haave been better

    Starts out great then all it talks about is money

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Interesting....for a textbook

    The facts are interesting but the writing is pretty basic. I am finding it a bit of a chore to finish.

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