Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

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Ballantine Books #ad - The same huguette who was touched by the terror attacks of 9/11 held a ticket nine decades earlier for a first-class stateroom on the second voyage of the Titanic. We meet her extravagant father, her publicity-shy mother, her nurse who received more than $30 million in gifts, her star-crossed sister, her French boyfriend, and the relatives fighting to inherit Huguette’s copper fortune.

A. She grew up in the largest house in New York City, a remarkable dwelling with 121 rooms for a family of four. Bill dedman and paul newell unravel a great character, Huguette Clark, a shy soul akin to Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird—if Boo’s father had been as rich as Rockefeller. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named huguette Clark, at the time of her death at age 104, a woman so secretive that, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades.

The clark family story spans nearly all of american history in three generations, from a log cabin in Pennsylvania to mining camps in the Montana gold rush, from backdoor politics in Washington to a distress call from an elegant Fifth Avenue apartment. Empty mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance.

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune #ad - This is an enchanting journey into the mysteries of the mind, a true-to-life exploration of strangeness and delight. Pat conroy, author of the death of santini: the story of a Father and His Son “Empty Mansions is at once an engrossing portrait of a forgotten American heiress and a fascinating meditation on the crosswinds of extreme wealth.

Empty mansions reveals a complex portrait of the mysterious Huguette and her intimate circle.

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The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark

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Grand Central Publishing #ad - Huguette attended the coronation of King George V. Her father william andrews clark, was a copper magnate, the second richest man in America, and not above bribing his way into the Senate. After a series of failed romances, spending her days in a vast apartment overlooking Central Park, Huguette began to withdraw from society--first living with her mother in a kind of Grey Gardens isolation then as a modern-day Miss Havisham, eating crackers and watching The Flintstones with only servants for company.

All her money and all her real estate could not protect her in her later life from being manipulated by shady hangers-on and hospitals that were only too happy to admit and bill a healthy woman. And at twenty-two with a personal fortune of $50 million to her name, she married a Princeton man and childhood friend William MacDonald Gower.

The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark #ad - Born in 1906, huguette clark grew up in her family's 121-room Beaux Arts mansion in New York and was one of the leading celebrities of her day. Two-years later the couple divorced. But what happened to huguette that turned a vivacious, young socialite into a recluse? And what was her life like inside that gilded, copper cage?

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The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home

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Atria Books #ad - Scott fitzgerald, thomas wolfe, teddy Roosevelt, James Whistler, Henry James, John Singer Sargent, and Edith Wharton. The last castle is the unique American story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day. Before their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European-style estate on 125, 000 acres of North Carolina wilderness.

He summoned the famous landscape architect frederick law olmsted to tame the grounds, filled it with priceless art and antiques, 000-square-foot chateau, collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a 175, and erected a charming village beyond the gates. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House.

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home #ad - The story of biltmore spans world wars, the Jazz Age, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, the Depression, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. From the author of the new york times bestseller the Girls of Atomic City comes the fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore—the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States.

Orphaned at a young age, edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best known families. Newlywed edith was now mistress of an estate nearly three times the size of Washington, DC and benefactress of the village and surrounding rural area. She grew up in newport and paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society.

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

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William Morrow #ad - Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt #ad - 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 amazingly colorful spenders who dissipated such a vast inheritance.

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When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age

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Penguin Books #ad - In this marvelous anecdotal history, justin Kaplan––Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Mark Twain––vividly brings to life a glittering, bygone age. Endowed with the largest private fortunes of their day, cousins John Jacob Astor IV and William Waldorf Astor vied for primacy in New York society, producing the grandest hotels ever seen in a marriage of ostentation and efficiency that transformed American social behavior.

Kaplan exposes it all in exquisite detail, taking readers from the 1890s to the Roaring Twenties in a combination of biography, history, architectural appreciation, and pure reading pleasure .

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Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor

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Penguin Books #ad - In her decades of service she received one £5 raise, but she traveled the world in style and retired with a lifetime's worth of stories. In 1928, who sat in parliament, rosina harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, entertained royalty, and traveled the world.

But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country. For 35 years, from the parties thrown for royalty and trips across the globe, Rose was by Lady Astor's side and behind the scenes, to the air raids during WWII, keeping everything running smoothly.

Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor #ad - She's not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler's ominous warning. In charge of everything from the clothes and furs to the baggage to the priceless diamond "sparklers, " Rose was closer to Lady Astor than anyone else. Like gosford park and downton abbey, rose is a captivating insight into the great wealth 'upstairs' and the endless work 'downstairs', but it is also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship that grew between Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.

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Women of Means: The Fascinating Biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics and Other Poor Little Rich Girls

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Mango #ad - Some of the women whose silver spoons rusted include:Almira Carnarvon, the real-life counterpart to Lady Cora of Downton AbbeyLiliane Bettencourt, whose chemist father created L’Oreal. To terrorist. And was a nazi collaboratorpeggy guggenheim, who became a cosmetology-enhanced cat-womanRuth Madoff, the dethroned queen of ManhattanPatty Hearst, who had an insatiable appetite for modern art and menNica Rothschild, who traded her gilded life to become the Baroness of BebopJocelyn Wildenstein, who trod the path from heiress.

. They are the nonfictional Richard Corys—those not slated for happily ever after. Women of means is bound to be a non-fiction best seller, full of the best biographies of all time. However, through intimate historical biographies,  Women of Means shows us that oftentimes the weaving sisters saved their most heart-wrenching tapestries for the destinies of wealthy women.

Women of Means: The Fascinating Biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics and Other Poor Little Rich Girls #ad - Happily never after: from the author of behind every great man, vignettes of the women who were slated from birth—or marriage—to great privilege, we now have Women of Means, only to endure lives which were the stuff Russian tragic heroines are made of.1 new release in royalty ─ glimpse behind the façade of Rich and Famous WomenIf you liked The Last Castle and Lean In, you’ll love Women of Means.

The grass isn't greener on the Other Side: Heiresses have always been viewed with eyes of envy. They were the ones for whom the cornucopia had been upended, showering them with unimaginable wealth and opportunity.

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A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York

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Wiley #ad - The message was unmistakable: the United States had arrived culturally, and Caroline Astor and her circle were intent on leading the nation to unimagined heights of glory. From a season of splendortake a dazzling journey through the gilded age, steel magnates, the period from roughly the 1870s to 1914, established families met the nouveau riche headlong—railway barons, when bluebloods from older, and Wall Street speculators—and forged an uneasy and glittering new society in New York City.

The best of the best were caroline Astor's 400 families, and she shaped and ruled this high society with steel. A season of splendor is a panoramic sweep across this sumptuous landscape, presenting the families, the wealth, the clothing, the balls, and the mansions in vivid detail—as well as the shocking end of the era with the sinking of the Titanic.

A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York #ad - Journey through the splendor and the excesses of the gilded age"every aspect of life in the Gilded Age took on deeper, transcendent meaning intended to prove the greatness of America: residences beautified their surroundings; works of art uplifted and were shared with the public; clothing exhibited evidence of breeding; jewelry testified to cultured taste and wealth; dinners demonstrated sophisticated palates; and balls rivaled those of European courts in their refinement.

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Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty

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St. Martin's Press #ad - Oppenheimer is the author of biographies of the Kennedys, the Hiltons and Martha Stewart, the Clintons, among other American icons. From the founders of the international health-care behemoth johnson & johnson in the late 1800s to the contemporary Johnsons of today, such as billionaire New York Jets owner Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson IV, all is revealed in this scrupulously researched, unauthorized biography by New York Times bestselling author Jerry Oppenheimer.

Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty #ad - At the same time, they've been termed perhaps the most dysfunctional family in the fortune 500 Often compared to the kennedy clan because of the tragedies and scandals that had befallen both wealthy and powerful families, Crazy Rich, on-the-record interviews, based on scores of exclusive, candid, reveals how the dynasty's vast fortune was both intoxicating and toxic through the generations of a family that gave the world Band-Aids and Baby Oil.

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Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach

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Mariner Books #ad - Astor during her declining years. A riveting look behind the gates of the house of astor as a famous family falls apart in publicThe fate of Brooke Astor, has generated worldwide headlines since her grandson Philip sued his father in 2006, the endearing philanthropist with the storied name, alleging mistreatment of Brooke.

Astor’s only child, was indicted on charges of looting her estate. This powerful, poignant saga takes the reader inside the gilded gates of an American dynasty to tell of three generations’ worth of longing and missed opportunities. Here is an american epic of the bonds of money, morality, and social position.

Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach #ad - . And shortly after her death in 2007, Anthony Marshall, Mrs. The result is the behind-the-headlines story of the Astor empire’s unraveling, filled with never-before-reported scenes. Rarely has there been a story with such an appealing heroine, conjuring up a world so nearly forgotten: a realm of lavish wealth and secrets of the sort that have engaged Americans from the era of Edith Wharton to the more recent days of Truman Capote and Vanity Fair.

New york journalist meryl gordon has interviewed not only the elite of Brooke Astor’s social circle, but also the large staff who cosseted and cared for Mrs. Even in this territory of privilege, no riches can put things right once they’ve been torn asunder.

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Gilded: How Newport Became America's Richest Resort

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Wiley #ad - Many of the country's most famous blueblood families?the closest thing we have to royalty?have lived and summered in Newport since the nineteenth century. The astors, the vanderbilts, edith wharton, jfk and jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Doris Duke, and Claus and Sunny von Bulow are just a few of the many names who have called the city home.

Gilded takes you along as you explore the fascinating heritage of the Newport elite, from its first colonists to the newest of its new millennium millionaires, showing the evolution of a town intent on living in its own world. Through a narrative filled with engrossing characters and lively tales of untold extravagance, Davis brings the resort to life and uncovers the difference between rich and Newport rich along the way.

Gilded: How Newport Became America's Richest Resort #ad - An engrossing multigenerational saga that tells the real story of the rich and famous in NewportVibrant, praiseworthy writing: "Davis brings splendidly colorful behind-the-scenes action and players up front" the New York Times on Party of the Century34 evocative black-and-white photographsWritten with insight and dramatic flair, Gilded gives you a rare peek into the cloistered coastal playground of America's moneyed elite.

A beautifully written history of high society in Newport, Rhode Island, from the acclaimed author of Party of the CenturyNewport is the legendary and beautiful home of American aristocracy and the sheltered super-rich.

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