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Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty | Katherine Howe, Anderson Cooper
New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with New York Times bestselling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynastyhis mothers family, the Vanderbilts. When eleven-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his fathers small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the nineteenth century, no one could have imagined that one day he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empiresone in shipping and another in railroadsthat would make him the richest man in America. His staggering fortune was fought over by his heirs after his death in 1877, sowing familial discord that would never fully heal. Though his son Billy doubled the money left by the Commodore, subsequent generations competed to find new and ever more extraordinary ways of spending it. By 2018, when the last Vanderbilt was forced out of The Breakersthe seventy-room summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island, that Corneliuss grandson and namesake had builtthe family would have been unrecognizable to the tycoon who started it all. Now, the Commodores great-great-great-grandson Anderson Cooper, joins with historian Katherine Howe to explore the story of his legendary family and their outsized influence. Cooper and Howe breathe life into the ancestors who built the familys empire, basked in the Commodores wealth, hosted lavish galas, and became synonymous with unfettered American capitalism and high society. Moving from the hardscrabble wharves of old Manhattan to the lavish drawing rooms of Gilded Age Fifth Avenue, from the ornate summer palaces of Newport to the courts of Europe, and all the way to modern-day New York, Cooper and Howe wryly recount the triumphs and tragedies of an American dynasty unlike any other. Written with a unique insiders viewpoint, this is a rollicking, quintessentially American history as remarkable as the family it so vividly captures.
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Julsmarshall
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This was a fascinating exploration of the Vanderbilt family from their arrival in America until now. Anderson Cooper‘s perspective was honest, measured, and personal and I learned more than I would have expected about the Gilded Age in NYC. I love history and really loved this book! And is is great on #audio, read by Anderson Cooper. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #NovelNovember @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 🎉🎉🎉 6d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5d
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Scochrane26
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My weekly audiobook, I found this interesting. I wish Cooper had included some about George Vanderbilt (Biltmore). My favorite chapter was about the Lusitania because I‘ve always heard of it but didn‘t know what happened. Warning—I was driving 3 hrs back from visiting a friend, got tired about halfway through, then realized that Anderson‘s soothing voice was contributing to that. So, don‘t listen late at night on a quiet interstate 😉

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mcctrish
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I finished this today doing some errands ( including buying myself some flowers from a local flower farm) I loved learning the background on the Vanderbilt family and hearing how NYC changed over the years ( reminding me of some other historical fiction I‘ve read ) having it read by Anderson Cooper was awesome

Jennifer3 Beautiful! 3mo
AmyG Gorgeous flowers. 3mo
mcctrish @Jennifer3 & @AmyG the flower lady is a retired teacher who has a flower farm, she makes the most beautiful bouquets and her prices are 1/2 of what florists would charge ❤️❤️ she‘s usually open until after Canadian thanksgiving 3mo
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mcctrish
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Errand running while the audio book plays and a mani/pedi to continue celebrating not biting my nails. At some point budget constraints are going to have to come into play 🤣🤣 but this was a birthday gift card so not today 👏🏻👏🏻

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty nail polish 💅 4mo
kspenmoll Nice! 4mo
mcctrish @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got a nail colour wish list that is as long as my TBR list so I‘m in all kinds of trouble 4mo
mcctrish @kspenmoll thank you ☺️ 4mo
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mcctrish
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It‘s overcast so I‘m back to doing a section of my Starry Night Lego build

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mcctrish
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Started listening to this today while I was out doing errands. I‘m quite captivated already

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bthegood
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A history of the Vanderbilts but it is also a history of how “high society“ developed in the United States, how people in that group defined it and redefined it to make sure they and their heirs stayed “high society“ - it also, indirectly, explains how a name can allow someone without money to continue living an extravagant lifestyle.
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Finished book 2 for July #BookSpinBingo -

Make a great day everyone - 🙂

bthegood The picture suggests I read the book - no that's just the picture I'm using - I did the audiobook for this and it was a good choice - I think listening to the stories of the Vanderbilts (as narrated by Anderson Cooper) was the right choice for me on this one 🙂 5mo
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bthegood
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#WeekendReading @Andrew65

Working on all 3 - hope to finish 2 by end of week 🙂

Make a great day everyone -

Andrew65 Look good books. Enjoy. 5mo
bthegood @Andrew65 🌞 👍 5mo
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aperfectmjk
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Did some more rock painting over the past two days while home with shingles.

The top two rocks are businesses local to the Frankfort, MI area where I will be vacationing at the end of the month. The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is for my 4 yr old nephew who loves Ghostbusters.

#audiocrafting #rockpainting #litsycrafters

AmyG I am enjoying your beautiful rock paintings! (edited) 5mo
aperfectmjk Thanks @AmyG I'm going to paint some bookmarks too to leave in free little libraries while I'm on vacation. 5mo
KristiAhlers You are ridiculously talented! Love those! 5mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🤩 5mo
Yuki_Onna Wooow. Those are so cool! 5mo
Yuki_Onna Wooow. Those are so cool! 5mo
tpixie Cool! Heal fast! 5mo
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Erin.Elizabeth10
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I wanted to love this book, but unfortunately I just didn‘t. I think the issue for me was that it felt like a lot of information of names and dates, but at the same time it would spend a whole chapter on one particular thing. I wanted this book to be bigger-picture, explaining the “why” behind the rise and fall of the family. I think it was more of the “what,” though, which is why it just wasn‘t quite what I was looking for.

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JenReadsAlot
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I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. I adore Anderson Cooper.

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SweetP1967
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This wasn‘t as enjoyable as I‘d thought it would be, considering the author‘s proximity to the family it is about. Often, the story jumped around, and some stories were told in a way that didn‘t seem to reflect an insider‘s knowledge; in one instance referencing scenes in a movie about the story, making it seem as though the author didn‘t have any more insight to what happened than those who made the movie.

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Verity
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I knew bits and bobs about some of the Vanderbilts, but not a whole lot so this was really interesting to me – even before the personal aspect that Cooper‘s own connection to the story adds. If you‘ve got an interest in this sort of history, it‘s definitely worth a look – even if it‘s not the most comprehensive account and may well leave you wanting to read more about some of the characters you meet. But that‘s never a bad thing really is it?

marleed I really enjoy discovering history through non-political means, and reading about bigger-than-life names and their absurd wealth is a very interesting way to learn. I read this, The Hiltons, and the Guccis in ‘21. I think I should read a NF on the Astors this year! Oh and right now rereading Empty Mansions for a bookclub. 10mo
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BookMaven9
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Somewhat interesting from a historical perspective about how these Uber rich squandered all their wealth. I was disappointed that we didn‘t learn more about Gloria Vanderbilt as she doesn‘t show up until the last third of the book.

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Verity
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Christmas book!

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Amie
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In spite of the title, this is not a comprehensive history of the Vanderbilts. The main author is Anderson Cooper, although his coauthor is listed first here. It starts with the Commodore, then a couple of people from the next generations, then spends a lot of time on Gloria (not surprising). Some interesting parts and some boring parts.

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Megabooks
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Loved this! Anderson Cooper looks back a family he once didn‘t claim in this fascinating historical account. He and Howe take snapshots in the lives of some family members such as one who sank in the Lusitania and another who threw a $64 million party. He reserves three chapters for his mother, including her fraught childhood and adult life in high society NYC. He includes a bit how her lavish spending made him frugal. Go #audiobook!

Megabooks I think you‘d enjoy this @Cinfhen 👍🏻 13mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I've been wanting to read this. 13mo
LeahBergen Ooo! I‘ve been wondering about this one. 👍🏻 13mo
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Cinfhen I saw it on #Scribd!!! But I can‘t borrow until December 4, so im gonna wait a few more days!!! It looks great 😊 13mo
Megabooks @Crinoline_Laphroaig @LeahBergen I highly recommend it! 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen totally worth a scribd borrow! Cooper‘s narration is awesome! 13mo
marleed I loved this and it makes me smile to think of his son having his dad‘s perspective of this heritage preserved for him in print and audio. Fascinating history - all those massively expensive homes built that were too pricey to maintain let alone preserve. 13mo
marleed Oh and this book put The Age of Innocence atop my tbr! 13mo
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CindiB
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I liked this. It‘s not a linear family history but more a series of stories about selected family members. The one I was looking forward to reading was Gloria, but I enjoyed others too. Each is also a story of the impact of their wealth, the role of money and that was interesting too. The writing is a soft, gentle dialogue. 3/5

Texreader Lovely review! 13mo
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marleed
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I‘ve paid attention to this family over the years and was curious to read how Anderson would frame this history for his his son. I‘m impressed that he can see the Vanderbilt flaws without feeling he was somehow cheated of an inheritance …And again with Truman Capote and how he fills a room! But, after all, Anderson, if in vitro, did attend Truman‘s historical Black&White Ball.

TheBookHippie I want to read this so badly!!! 13mo
marleed @TheBookHippie I‘ve read things about the Vanderbilt‘s before but I really enjoyed Anderson‘s take on his ancestors and his relationship with his mother. 13mo
kspenmoll Wonderful review!!! 13mo
TheBookHippie @marleed I‘ve read quite a bit on the family especially his mum. I love Anderson. Excited to read it! 13mo
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Howseldomtheydo
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“Her costume consisted of a gown made of white cat tails with a bodice of skinned cat heads and was topped with a hat made of a taxidermied white cat curled up and perched upon her heaps of blonde curls.” (Pic of Miss Kate Fearing Strong)

BennettBookworm Whaaattttttt 14mo
Chrissyreadit Did that really happen?!?!? 14mo
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Howseldomtheydo @BennettBookworm I had to stop reading and google it 🤷‍♀️ 14mo
KatieDid927 Almost like a real-life Cruella de Ville, but with kittens instead of puppies. 😧 14mo
Kristin_Reads 😧😧😧 14mo
Cathythoughts Oh no😲.. it can‘t be true .. madness ! (edited) 14mo
ravenlee So creepy. 14mo
The_Penniless_Author Guess the rich really aren't like you and me. 😕 14mo
Lindy 😳 14mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile 😲 For real? It's disgustingly creepy. 14mo
Brooke_H Nightmare fuel 14mo
Ruthiella 🙀 14mo
rabbitprincess Yee-ikes 🙀 14mo
DivineDiana Shocking! 🙀 14mo
sharread Oh my!!!! 😳🤣❤❤❤ 14mo
RedxoHearts Well that's awful. I always find interesting to see a hear about historical oddities and facts if that's what you'd call it. The rest is bad enough but walking around with a taxidermy cat on your head just is a whole other level 😧 14mo
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limada
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It really is true that you don't know what you don't know. I knew Anderson Cooper was the son of Gloria Vanderbilt. But except for the bits I had already learned from their book together I had no idea the insanity that was the Vanderbilt legacy. I suspect this book only scratches the surface.

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MaggieCarr
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Absolutely fantastic. Isn't it odd that we can be so intrigued by people long gone but whose legacy remains. Goodness, it's not even my family but the entire time I was reading could picture this or that and then view it though a lense of "...if that happened today..." Wow. Wow. Wow. The amount of money is something to behold. Very grateful that they often aquatinted it with currently inflation but still more than I could ever imagine.

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Litsi
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Have read 3 books Vanderbilts. The special sauce here is that it‘s told by an honest family member. There‘s something to be said for how family memory stretches the narrative with little details that aren‘t deemed worthy of being placed into history but which provide the background fabric for the embroidery of Big History moments. A good read if you like this topic, otherwise details of the Vanderbilt ball that broke the Astors will be a snore.

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Howseldomtheydo
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#currentlyreading The Breakers in Newport RI summer home built in 1895 for Cornelius Vanderbilt II. I can‘t imagine having that kind of wealth.

The_Penniless_Author My family visited there earlier this year. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that place being a "summer cottage" ? 1y
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JELEIGH
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I absolutely adore Anderson Cooper and can‘t wait to dive right in to this Barnes and Noble special edition of his new book ❤️ #barnesandnoble #signededition #bookhaul #andersoncooperisbae

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Annie1215
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Got some book mail from my mom.

What a nice surprise 💖

aperfectmjk Almost put this on hold on Libby, but then thought better of it. I imagine a hardcopy is going to be a much better experience with this one. Or even better... immersion reading. 1y
Annie1215 @aperfectmjk I‘m excited to dive in! I know a lot of their history is in NY and Newport (where I grew up and one of my favorite places) so I feel like it will be fascinating. I‘ll keep you posted! 1y
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Leftcoastzen
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Book events on Zoom are great! Yay , Anderson Cooper !

Nerdy_Bookworm You actually got to have a Zoom call with Anderson Cooper? Jealous!!!!!! 1y
Leftcoastzen @Nerdy_Bookworm it was related to the book with many bookstores participating.I typed a question, but they only got to a few. It was still fun & interesting. 1y
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TheBookHippie
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Added to my list of wants 😂

GingerAntics Oh, that could be a good one, plus I adore Anderson. 1y
BookishMarginalia And who better to write about the Vanderbilts? #SavethePubDate #Sept2021 (edited) 1y
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TheBookHippie @BookishMarginalia That was my thought!! I cannot wait! 1y
marleed Oh my goodness - stacked! 1y
IamIamIam This is probably a lot more readable than the family history I read years ago. Fascinating but a bit hard to get through 1y
TheBookHippie @IamIamIam I‘ve had that on my TBR a long time. I‘ve read all the books about Gloria 🤯 what a life! 1y
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