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

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The rags-to-riches-to-rags story of four generations of the once fabulously wealthy American Vanderbilt family, from the birth of their founder, the commodore (Cornelius Vanderbilt) in 1794. It follows the fortunes and failures of the colourful members of the family and traces the dissipation of their immense fortune amidst the extravagance of turn-of-the-century New York society, up to the end of world war II.

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Paul C

Sep 9, 2014

Fortune's Children

An incredible story of the evolution and destruction of wealth at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Money has the capacity to derail and destroy people who are trapped by the expectations it brings. A great book to read - it reads like anovel.

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