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

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


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

For fans of Downton Abbey, a real-life American version of the Crawley family--Fortune's Children is an enthralling true story that recreates the drama, splendor, and wealth of the legendary Vanderbilts.

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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PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date2001
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Arthur T. Vanderbilt II is a renowned author and law professional whose multifaceted accomplishments echo across the worlds of legal practice, scholarship, and literature. Born in New Jersey, he has the distinction of having a family lineage that links him to the Vanderbilt family of New York. He emerged as a prominent figure in law and justice, serving as an attorney and a partner at one of the leading law firms in the Garden State. As an author, Vanderbilt II showcased exemplary talent and narrative skill. His bibliography spans numerous genres, encompassing both fictional and non-fictional works. However, his particular interest lies in recounting tales from history and the contemporary world, as displayed in his notable works like "Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt" and "Golden Days: Memories of a Golden Retriever." His particular strength lies in his ability to weave together intricate details into compelling narratives with detailed research and soulful storytelling. Though best known for his writing and legal work, Vanderbilt II's contributions extend beyond these realms. He is an active member of his local community and has won several awards for his legal and literary work. An advocate of justice, a passionate storyteller, and a skilled professional, Arthur T. Vanderbilt II's legacy is a testament to the power of dedication and the pursuit of knowledge. His diverse career reflects a profound commitment to the law, a remarkable talent for writing, and a profound dedication to sharing historical accounts with generations of readers.

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