Fortune's Children

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Sphere, 1991 - United States - 496 pages
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Vanderbilt: The very name is synonymous with the Gilded Age. The family patriarch, "the Commodore," built a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Yet, less than fifty years after his death, no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. Written by descendant Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, Fortune's Children traces the dramatic and amazingly colorful history of this great American family, from the rise of industrialist and philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt to the fall of his progeny--wild spendthrifts whose profligacy bankrupted a vast inheritance.

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User Review  - cathyskye - LibraryThing

By fair means and foul, Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt built a fortune of $105 million in the mid-nineteenth century. One hundred years later, most of that fortune was gone. In Fortune's Children ... Read full review

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User Review  - briandrewz - LibraryThing

This was a first rate biography of one of the wealthiest American families, the Vanderbilts. Written by a member of the family, this book in no way shows any bias towards them. It presents the details ... Read full review

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