Salvador Dali once called him the stupidest man in the world; Cary Grant described him as the smartest. New York Times bestselling author Robert Wernick is certainly talented. He has penned more than a dozen books and has contributed to a host of magazines, ranging from Vanity Fair to Life. His topics are as varied as the birth of town planning in the Mesolithic Age to a soul-baring Ferris-wheel ride with Marilyn Monroe to a climb up Mount Sinai. He has made his in Manhattan, Algiers, a ranch in the Nevada desert, San Francisco, the Basque coast, the Golden Isles of Georgia, and, most recently, the 14th Arrondissement of Paris.
Vanderbilt’s Biltmoreby Robert Wernick
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The original sketch for the Biltmore, George Washington Vanderbilt’s grand estate in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, laid out plans for a modest Tuscan villa. But ambition quickly took wing. The house swelled to 225 rooms and became - until 2012 when it was topped by the home of a billionaire in Mumbai, India – the world’s largest residence ever built for a private citizen. Here’s the story of the house that Vanderbilt built - from the gardens by Frederick Law Olmsted to the John Singer Sargent portraits that adorn its walls.
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30 pages or so .. interesting information, but certainly not what I expected.
This is a short pamphlet, not a whole book.
The story of Biltmore? I got more information off the web page than this book. My mistake for not checking how many pages but still, Don't waste your Buck!!!
Fascinating Great travel essay on the history of the Biltmore. Really enjoyed it. Recommended.