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Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt By Arthur T. Vanderbilt II,

  • Title: Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt
  • Author: Arthur T. Vanderbilt II
  • ISBN: 9780688103866
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 amaVanderbilt 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.
    Fortune s Children The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt Vanderbilt the very name signifies wealth The family patriarch the Commodore built up a fortune that made him the world s richest man by Yet less than fifty years after the Commodore s death

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    1. 3.5 Stars Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness The of it one has the one wants Benjamin Franklin The very name Vanderbilt 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.I love books on the gilded age and was delighted to get my hands on a copy of th [...]

    2. Reading this book reminded me of a game of Monopoly The dynasty of the Vanderbilts began in 1784 with the Commodore, and 100 years after his death, his wealth had been divided among 787 descendants, making it practically worthless This was against his wishes He wanted to keep his wealth concentrated in one generation, similar to primogeniture.By the time his grandsons inherited, this wish had been broken But what was fascinating about this book was the importance the females had during the Gilde [...]

    3. I applied for and got a job working at the Bilt in Guest Relations at The House Oh yeah Dream job I am so excited It s so beautiful.I ve been thru Marble House, The Breakers, Hyde Park, years ago so I was quite aware of the Commodore and some of the family history But what a story Although the book said very little about George Washington Vanderbilt, the Bilt Vanderbilt, it was educational to learn much detail about his family.They were the Trumps, Kardashians, And Hiltons of their time all roll [...]

    4. The book profiles the Vanderbilt heirs The first chapter, obligatorily about the Commodore, is a tale often told, most recently in The First Tycoon The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt which led me to this 1989 book The following chapters describe children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a few great great grandchildren The female scions, who are essentially disinherited, are dropped right away, as are the Commodore s son Cornelius and his progeny There are a few tales of some high profi [...]

    5. I picked up this book at the library after a recent trip to Newport, where we toured the Breakers and Marble House, two magnificent cottages built by Vanderbilts for millions of dollars and used by their owners for about 1 year Who are these crazy Vanderbilts The saga of the Vanderbilts can at times be mistaken for fiction The cankerous patriarch Commodore the social schemer Alva the unwilling bride Consuelo the staid Cornelius and Alice the custody fight over young Gloria supporting characters [...]

    6. I suspect that in 100 years, they will refer to the time in which we live as the Second Gilded Age if Donald Trump is elected, he can be a stand in for those Gilded Age presidents of yore, Grant and his bearded kith perhaps these new Gilded Age presidents will be known for their cosmetic surgery or interesting hair styles instead of Victorian manly beards Fortune s Fall is a tale of the First Gilded Age, from the point of view of the most famous, the richest and the grandiosely gilded and gross [...]

    7. I read this years ago and found it absolutely fascinating I m excited to see that MacMillan is reissuing it sometime in the next year.

    8. Within thirty years after the death of Commodore Vanderbilt in 1877, no member of his family was among the richest in the United States, have been supplanted by such new titans as Rockefeller, Carnegie, Frick and FordWhen 120 of the Commodore s decedents gathered at Vanderbilt University in 1973 for the first family reunion, there was not a millionaire among them This book is good, but not great Quickly jumps back in forth between family updates in between the chapters largely devoted to one fam [...]

    9. An amazing non fiction look at the quick fall of the Vanderbilt fortune I never realized that the Vanderbilt fortune was completely used up within three generations due to massive greed and overspending I know of the Bilt home which I believe still has guided tours, but of 5 penthouses on Washington Avenue in New York Washington Avenue was the Fifth Avenue of its time period which were all demolished as early as the 1930 s to the many penthouses on Fifth Avenue owned by the Vanderbilts which qui [...]

    10. Another interesting discovery through Reader s Digest condensed books.Most people would envy great wealth but it can also bring great extravagance,personal tragedy and ruined lives.The way the House of Vanderbilt squandered its great fortune on useless and pointless projects makes for an absorbing story which reads like a novel.

    11. One might expect a book about the Vanderbilts written by a Vanderbilt to be a dull recitation of select stories mined from the Family History and carefully retold so as to present a preferred portrait of the family Perhaps that was indeed the policy here, but I do not get that sense at all.This book is presented in a well organized and interesting manner Quite readable and forthright Yes, there are mentions of excess which will titillate some readers and yes, there are financial accountings of t [...]

    12. A kind of rags to riches to rags story, this book covers not just the people in the Vanderbilt family, but their homes as well If that sounds boring, you ve never been to Bilt Their extravagance in building and furnishing their homes was extraordinary and a large reason for their tumbling off the world s list of wealthiest people It is a fascinating account of some of the most interesting family members from the Commodore himself to fashion designer Gloria Gets a tad confusing since there are se [...]

    13. Fascinating study of the Fall of the Vanderbilts Too many children were their biggest problem The fortune was diluted with each passing generation The other problem was too many Vanderbilt men marrying women who loved to spend the fortune Didn t they know where it came from The Depression and income taxes did their part to finally finish off the fortune Many interesting tales of prominent persons and their interaction with the Vanderbilts Winston Churchill, somewhat in his cups, was hit by a car [...]

    14. I have read this book of and on for 3 weeks, and each time I picked it up it was absolutely absorbing and so interesting to read of the Vaderbilt family The story of what had been the richest family in the world, through the business acumen of the founder Cornelius The Commodore Vamderbilt, to the ultimate squandering of this fortune by subsequent generations in the late 19th, and early 20th, century New York leaders of an elite society of nouveau riches A fascinating read.

    15. As my dear friend Taylor would say, This is some crazy shit Regardless, it s also one of the Vanderbilt history books that the National Park Service uses to educate their guides in Hyde Park, NY Edmund Morris has nothing on this author, Arthur T Vanderbilt II and a lawyer by training , who recounts pages pages of dialogue verbatim, recounting conversations 100 years old It makes for for some very lively reading

    16. I am so glad I read this book I never really knew how the Vanderbilts had come into their money or how fast and how ostentatiously that squandered their family fortune This book is a work of nonfiction yet reads like a soap opera I have seen the Newport Mansions and the Bilt and the former Florham mansion now FDU I would love to go back to see it all now after reading the pages of history

    17. Enjoyed this informed, well written account of wealth decline during the Gilded Age in America s richest family Focusing on the first four generations of Vanderbilts, it has all the detail and critical acumen of Wendy Burden s recent account, and none of the venom There are many very funny moments to balance the unhappiness which appears to be a heritable trait.Dozens of books have been written about this family, many by family members themselves This is one of the best I ve read.

    18. What a bunch of loathsome people Generations of them I gave the book three stars because it s not the author s fault that the family and spouses were a bunch of creeps I did not give it stars because he could have focused on the few somewhat decent characters there were Did I ever buy anything by Gloria Vanderbilt in the 70s God I hope not.

    19. A very interesting and quick read on the early Vanderbilt generations Fell short of what I hoped the book would be as a bang up to date treatise on the modern generations would have been what I was after.

    20. I read this because I live near Asheville and wanted to know a bit about the Vanderbilts Unfortunately the book was disappointing It was very dry and, although I did learn why their fortune was squandered, it was simply because they spent it all Not much surprising there So give it a try if you really must know all about how they fell from grace, but otherwise skip this one.

    21. Fascinating book Could not put it down What a perfect example of money not bringing happiness So sad how this family spent so much money on themselves and at the same time being so out of touch with reality.

    22. As this book shows, The Commodore, Cornelius Vanderbilt, the creator of all the wealth for the Vanderbilt family, was a profane, blasphemous, and vain man He gave the seed money for Vanderbilt University in Nashville after being urged to do so by a minister He detested preachers who asked for charity.William s brother, Cornelius, who died at 25, was the only son the Commodore cared about Cornelius was immortalized by brother William, when he named his own son after his brother and favored son of [...]

    23. A must read A fascinating American family, dysfunction at its finest A fabulous commentary on the Gilded Age.

    24. I gave this 5 stars because it delivered the goods It was the best of what it was dishy rich people pornography.

    25. Fascinating I felt like a rubber necker on the freewayIt was a lesson on the misery of gain for its own sake, excess, and idleness I m glad I read it.

    26. Could Not Hold My Interest As someone who likes to read about the lives of the rich and famous, I expected this book to be fascinating NOT While there were some parts of interest, it felt like most of the book was a narrative about money how much was spent on this, how much it cost to built that, what mansion contents were sold to whom for how much I actually found myself skipping long paragraphs full of figures I suppose you have to give the author lots of credit for thorough research There was [...]

    27. Interesting to learn about the rise and fall of the Vanderbilts a family s excessive lifestyle quickly dissolved in four generations The beginning of the book, in particular, showed the ruthlessness of the accumulation of capital the devious, law flouting, and callous practices necessary to line one s own pockets at the expense of others It really makes one grateful for all the business regulations and governmental oversight today Although the book could sometimes read like a cold legal document [...]

    28. Enjoyed this book immensely, but since I had just visited the Bilt Estate, a little disappointed there was not coverage for that part of the family I never realized that generation after generation thought so little of their money The one to admire is the Commodore who built a legacy of lavish wealth from 100 borrowed from his mother He built this through hard work, ruthlessness, trickery and spitefulness, a gift that kept on giving through his heirs with the exception of the hard work part The [...]

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