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

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

by Arthur Vanderbilt II
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Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is said the rich are different--and the Vanderbilt's were certainly different. This fascinating book takes the reader from the creation of unbelievable wealth on Staten Island to Marble House and the Breakers in Newport. Conspicuious consumption was the by-word of this family--until the money was all gone. Jewels, parties costing a quarter of a million dollars--you will not believe how these people lived during the "Golden Age" at the turn of the 20th Century. I enjoyed this book very much and I recommend it to anyone interested in this part of American history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a great read. Good timeline of the family and the times they lived in. Also liked the interspersing of other key characters of the era. Very entertaining book without getting too deep and dull into the family history. Would recommend for anyone who likes a light read.
Lovely-Linda More than 1 year ago
I thought this was wonderfuly written, very informative and a great read!! Great insight into the Gilded age!! Loved it the whole way through!!! Now want to read more about this era....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story about the utter isolation of this family from reality and the exorbitant spending which brought about their downfall as the "head" of society. I did get confused with the repeated use of the same names from one generation to the next. A family tree would have been helpful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Uncredible story of how the Vanderbilt fortune was made and then how the decendents of Commadore Vanderbilt blew the world's largest fortune. You wouldn't believe it if it were a novel.
machmuses More than 1 year ago
This is a rich, historical account of a well-known family and their excesses. The details are such that you can see the row of beautiful mansions. In the end, all I could think of was how sad it must be for the Vanderbilts of today to know that their fortunes were squandered away.
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jmahon10524 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful description of what really happens to wealth as it goes from generation to generation. I highly recommend!
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I bought the book but its only giving me the free sample?
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