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Vanderbilt: the very name signifies wealth. The family patriarch, "the Commodore," built up a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Yet, less than fifty years after the Commodore's death, one of his direct descendants died penniless, and no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. Fortune's Children tells the dramatic story of all the amazingly colorful spenders who dissipated such a vast inheritance.
Arthur T. Vanderbilt II is the author of many books, among them Changing Law, a biography of his grandfather Arthur T. Vanderbilt, which won the American Bar Association's Scribes Award. He practices law in New Jersey.
I recently went to visit Biltmore, the summer home of the Vanderbilt's and knew I had to learn more about their life and how the fortune all came to be. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Darlene K
I found this book to be a very complete and detailed description of the Vanderbilt family and their fortunes, including all relatives and their outcomes. Read morePublished 9 months ago by David Berthiaume
I love this book! I visited Biltmore and I wanted a more indept look into the lives of the Vanderbilts and this book gives you all the scandal you can ask for. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shelly S. Watson Harris
If you are familiar of the Vanderbilt family and their riches, you will like this book. It gives all the background on how the family made their money and their ruthlessness in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bama chick
An illuminating history of an American family that amassed great fortune but ended up losing most of it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by H. Jackson
This gives great detail into the lives of the Vanderbilts, one of the most famous families in our country. Very interesting reading, I couldn't put it down.Published 15 months ago by BellaFoto
I enjoy reading about the rich and famous of the past. Interesting how they made and lost their money, how much they spent on basically nothing but material goods.Published 16 months ago by Wanderer
Fun book to read. Lots of information about the period and individuals involved.
Well written with some nice pictures of mansions.