Author: Arthur T. Vanderbilt
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: 2012-12-26
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
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.
Author: Steven H. Gittelman
Publisher: Hamilton Books
Release Date: 2013-06-13
At a young age, Alfred Vanderbilt inherited a massive fortune of $40 million and control of the Vanderbilt railroading empire. With no interest in business matters, the youth squandered his wealth on horses and women on two continents. None of the Vanderbilts gave as much fuel for gossip to the curious public as Alfred. By the time the extravagant playboy boarded the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, he was the subject of numerous scandals, including the suicide of four different women. But as the ship went down, he spent the last minutes of his life rescuing women and children and forgoing his own life. How is it that this wraith, this gluttonous, opulent youth, could undergo an entire change of character in his last few moments? Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt follows Alfred’s journey from philanderer to hero in this incredible, never-before-told story of the hero of the Lusitania.
Author: Denise Kiernan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2017-09-26
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
A New York Times bestseller with an "engaging narrative and array of detail” (The Wall Street Journal), the “intimate and sweeping” (Raleigh News & Observer) untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate—the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door. The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best known families. 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. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House. 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, collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a 175,000-square-foot chateau, filled it with priceless art and antiques, and erected a charming village beyond the gates. 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. When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family, her home, and her community, it was up to Edith to save Biltmore—and secure the future of the region and her husband’s legacy. This is the fascinating, “soaring and gorgeous” (Karen Abbott) story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day.
Author: Steven H. Gittelman
Release Date: 2014-10-01
Genre: Social Science
The Vanderbilts were one of the great American families of the industrial era. This book explores the life of one of its lesser-known scions of the fourth generation, William Kissam Vanderbilt II, known simply as Willie K. An inheritor, not a builder, Willie K. lacked the drive and ambition necessary for furthering the Vanderbilt dynasty, especially in the political atmosphere of bank failures, the dawn of progressivism, and the First World War. This biography, while the story of one man, is also an exploration of the burden of enormous wealth, the danger of inherited dreams, and the struggle for self-actualization regardless of wealth or social status.
A woman's life can really be a succession of lives, each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge, and each marked off by some intense experience. It was the love story of the century--the king and the commoner. In December 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry "the woman I love," Wallis Warfield Simpson, a twice-divorced American who quickly became one of the twentieth century's most famous personalities, a figure of intrigue and mystery, both admired and reviled. "Never explain, never complain." Wrongly blamed for the abdication crisis, Wallis suffered hostility from the Royal Family and much of the world. Yet interest in her story has remained constant, resulting in a small library of biographies that convey a thinly veiled animosity toward their subject. The truth, however, is infinitely more fascinating than the shallow, pathetic portrait that has often been painted. "For a gallant spirit, there can never be defeat." Using previously untapped sources, acclaimed biographer Greg King presents a complete and, for the first time, sympathetic portrait of the Duchess that sifts the decades of rumor and accusation to reveal the woman behind the legend. From her birth in Pennsylvania during the Gilded Age to her death in Paris in 1986, King takes the reader through a world of privilege, palaces, high society, and love with the accompaniment of hatreds, feuds, conspiracies, and lies. The cast of characters is vast: politicians and presidents, dictators and socialites. Twenty-four pages of photographs reveal the life of the Duchess in all its incomparable glamour and romance.
Lucius Beebe said that "The nearest thing to a royal family that has ever appeared on the American scene was the Vanderbilts … their vendettas, their armies of servitors, partisans and sycophants, their love affairs, scandals, and shortcomings, all were the stuff of an imperial routine." Stasz reveals new facts and insights into the fascinating lives of three generations of Vanderbilt women who dominated New York society from the middle of the eighteenth century through the twentieth. Of special interest are the discovery of unpublished letters and a pseudonymous lesbian novel that shed light on the complex character of the most currently famous Vanderbilt woman, Gloria Vanderbilt.
Author: Arthur T. Vanderbilt II
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2007-03-13
"Though an old man," Thomas Jefferson wrote at Monticello, "I am but a young gardener." Every gardener is. In Gardening in Eden, we enter Arthur Vanderbilt's small enchanted world of the garden, where the old wooden trestle tables of a roadside nursery are covered in crazy quilts of spring color, where a catbird comes to eat raisins from one's hand, and a chipmunk demands a daily ration of salted cocktail nuts. We feel the oppressiveness of endless winter days, the magic of an old-fashioned snow day, the heady, healing qualities of wandering through a greenhouse on a frozen February afternoon, the restlessness of a gardener waiting for spring. With a sense of wonder and humor on each page, Arthur Vanderbilt takes us along with him to discover that for those who wait, watch, and labor in the garden, it's all happening right outside our windows.
Author: Andrew Ang
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2014-07-07
Genre: Business & Economics
In Asset Management: A Systematic Approach to Factor Investing, Professor Andrew Ang presents a comprehensive, new approach to the age-old problem of where to put your money. Years of experience as a finance professor and a consultant have led him to see that what matters aren't asset class labels, but instead the bundles of overlapping risks they represent. Factor risks must be the focus of our attention if we are to weather market turmoil and receive the rewards that come with doing so. Clearly written yet full of the latest research and data, Asset Management is indispensable reading for trustees, professional money managers, smart private investors, and business students who want to understand the economics behind factor risk premiums, to harvest them efficiently in their portfolios, and to embark on the search for true alpha.
This book explores how that greatest of all landscape architects, Frederick Law Olmsted, visualized 1,200 acres of woodlands and scrub growth and swamps and transformed them intoFlorham, the New Jersey country home of Florence Vanderbilt Twombly
Author: Sam Roberts
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2013-01-22
A rich, illustrated - and entertaining -- history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal, from one of New York City's favorite writers, just in time to celebrate the train station's 100th fabulous anniversary. In the winter of 1913, Grand Central Station was officially opened and immediately became one of the most beautiful and recognizable Manhattan landmarks. In this celebration of the one hundred year old terminal, Sam Roberts of The New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, amazing history, and the far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters. Along the way, Roberts will explore how the Manhattan transit hub truly foreshadowed the evolution of suburban expansion in the country, and fostered the nation's westward expansion and growth via the railroad. Featuring quirky anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information, this book will allow readers to peek into the secret and unseen areas of Grand Central -- from the tunnels, to the command center, to the hidden passageways. With stories about everything from the famous movies that have used Grand Central as a location to the celestial ceiling in the main lobby (including its stunning mistake) to the homeless denizens who reside in the building's catacombs, this is a fascinating and, exciting look at a true American institution.
Author: Arnold Lewis
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release Date: 2016-06-23
Best source of information and illustrations for private houses in Eastern cities during the early 1880s. Rare photographs of mansions belonging to Vanderbilt, Morgan, Grant, and many others. Extensive, informative new text.
Author: Barbara Cartland
Publisher: Barbara Cartland EBooks ltd
Release Date: 2019-09-01
Dashing Selby Harle, Lord Harlestone, has a reputation in London as a ‘ladies man’ and at the instigation of the influential Princess of Wales is all but blackmailed into marrying a Society beauty he does not like let alone love. And so he decides to escape to America, where he has invested some of his fortune in cattle ranching. In the wilds of Colorado, where the gold and minerals rush is at fever pitch, even this man of the world is shocked by the brazen houses of pleasure in Denver where ‘madams’ shamelessly ply their trade. He is even more appalled when a gang of rough cowboys arrive at one such house with a helpless young waif offering her for sale, who has just lost her mother and father to the Red Indians. The girl’s name, they say, is Nelda Harle. Could this be the daughter of his estranged cousin, ‘Handsome Harry’, a notorious gambler and ‘card sharp’? Selby feels duty bound to ‘purchase’ the girl for her own protection and proposes to send her safely home to England as soon as he returns to New York from his associate’s Denver Ranch. Nelda turns out to be a glorious beauty of eighteen and even more stunning when dressed in fashionable gowns. Fate and love intervene when Arapaho Indians attack the wagon train she is travelling in and Nelda bravely saves Lord Harlestone’s life. And he comes to realise that there is so much more to this young beauty than meets the eye.
Author: Carter Martin
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2007-06-18
Carter Martin’s Kelbrn is a bildungsroman which begins in the early 20th Century when Miles Kelley is a child living on a farm near Fon du Lac, Wisconsin. To the dismay of the child, his alcoholic father sells the farm and moves the family to Madison, where the children can attend the university and he can work on his unsuccessful inventions. Miles joins the submarine corps when America enters World War I. Afterward he lives in New York City, where he works as a reporter and marries a sophisticated gynecologist, Cissy Barr. Her adventurous professional life leads to divorce, after which Miles flees to North Carolina, where his married sister Bea lives. At all stages of his life, Miles confronts an essential loneliness: from the child without control over his circumstances, to entrapment inside a primitive submarine, the sexual onslaught of a beautiful, witty woman, the inescapability of racial prejudice, defeat by the fractured economic system, the moral collapse of a beloved second spouse, and the loss of a child beneath the rapids of a powerful mountain river. In North Carolina he seeks to recapture his childhood experience when he buys an abandoned farm and restores it as a productive dairy, which he names Kelbrn. He marries a gentle young Southern girl, Malinda Evans, whom he calls India. With the help of his black tenant, Jeff Hawkshaw, he invents first a paint for the old house, then, at the urging of his brother-in-law, a textile mill owner, he and Jeff invent an improved textile sizing. Miles hires a local country lawyer to draw up legal arrangements to share his business with Jeff, resulting in an attack by the Ku Klux Klan, who drive Jeff away from his home. Miles sends him and his family to California. When the stock market crashes in 1929, Miles refuses for moral reasons to save part of his fortune by selling his stock in agricultural companies or his own manufacturing plant. He works during the week in cotton mills, leaving his wife and two young sons at Kelbrn. In 1932 he walks from his home to Washington to protest the government’s failure to award bonuses to veterans. His family begins to disintegrate as both Miles and Malinda begin drinking to escape their misery and loneliness, and they betray each other sexually as well. After World War II, they experience a bitter divorce. Miles repudiates Kelbrn, giving it to Malinda and her lover, and takes his sons on a cross-continent camping adventure, returning finally to Fon du Lac, where he rents a farm and suffers through a dismal, bitter winter. His friend and former partner, Jeff, writes to him from Corcoran, California, where he had invested his patent proceeds in land. He has become a highly successful truck farmer and offers Miles half of his business, declaring him always to have been his partner. Although Miles moves in with the Hawkshaws, he becomes an eccentric wraith, going away alone into the Sierra Mountains to think and write obscure grille poems, which can be understood only with the aid of a superimposed grid. The theme is always, ironically, an affirmation of life. Reviews: "A retired professor from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Carter Martin is also a poet and farm owner whose knowledge and experiences are mirrored in the lives of his characters and in the narrative details of Kelbrn. It’s a novel whose basic story holds the reader’s attention while concealing layers of meaning and symbolism. Martin calls his book a bildungsroman, a German word for a tale that describes the psychological evolution of an individual, with particular attention on moral awareness. In this case, the individual is Miles Kelley, and the story begins with his childhood on a Wisconsin farm near Fond du Lac, an almost Edenic landscape of windmills and sunsets. From this he is suddenly uprooted by his father’s stub