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Vanderbilt : the rise and fall of an American dynasty

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Anderson Cooper chronicles the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty--his mother's family--the Vanderbilts.
"New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with New York Times bestselling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty—his mother’s family, the Vanderbilts.One of the Washington Post's Notable Works of Nonfiction of 2021. When eleven-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father’s small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the nineteenth century, no one could have imagined that one day he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empires—one in shipping and another in railroads—that would make him the richest man in America. His staggering fortune was fought over by his heirs after his death in 1877, sowing familial discord that would never fully heal. Though his son Billy doubled the money left by “the Commodore,” subsequent generations competed to find new and ever more extraordinary ways of spending it. By 2018, when the last Vanderbilt was forced out of The Breakers—the seventy-room summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island, that Cornelius’s grandson and namesake had built—the family would have been unrecognizable to the tycoon who started it all. Now, the Commodore’s great-great-great-grandson Anderson Cooper, joins with historian Katherine Howe to explore the story of his legendary family and their outsized influence. Cooper and Howe breathe life into the ancestors who built the family’s empire, basked in the Commodore’s wealth, hosted lavish galas, and became synonymous with unfettered American capitalism and high society. Moving from the hardscrabble wharves of old Manhattan to the lavish drawing rooms of Gilded Age Fifth Avenue, from the ornate summer palaces of Newport to the courts of Europe, and all the way to modern-day New York, Cooper and Howe wryly recount the triumphs and tragedies of an American dynasty unlike any other. Written with a unique insider’s viewpoint, this is a rollicking, quintessentially American history as remarkable as the family it so vividly captures." --Amazon.com.

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  • 3 of 56 copies available at Westchester Library System.

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Bedford Free Library B VANDERBILT (Text)
New Book
31002150871100
Checked out
01/26/2022
Briarcliff Manor Public Library B VANDERBILT (Text)
New Biography
31036150954029
On holds shelf
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Bronxville Public Library B VANDERBILT (Text)
New Nonfiction
31004151791337
On holds shelf
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Bronxville Public Library B VANDERBILT (Text)
Express Item
31004151821951
Available
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Chappaqua Library BIOGRAPHY VANDERBILT (Text)
Express Item
31005153450582
Checked out
02/01/2022
Chappaqua Library BIOGRAPHY VANDERBILT (Text)
New Biography
31005600105300
Checked out
02/02/2022
Croton Free Library B VANDERBILT (Text)
New Biography
31006151845997
In transit
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Dobbs Ferry Public Library 920 C (Text)
New Book
31007151418033
Checked out
02/01/2022
Eastchester Public Library B VANDERBILT (Text)
New Biography
31008152553778
Checked out
01/16/2022
Eastchester Public Library B VANDERBILT (Text)
Express Item
31008152556805
Available
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