Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
New York Times best-selling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with New York Times best-selling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty - his mother’s family, the Vanderbilts.
When 11-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father’s small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the 19th century, no one could have imagined that one day he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empires - one in shipping and another in railroads - that 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 Breakers - the 70-room summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island, that Cornelius’ grandson and namesake had built - the family would have been unrecognizable to the tycoon who started it all.
Now, the Commodore’s 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 family’s empire, basked in the Commodore’s 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 insider’s viewpoint, this is a rollicking, quintessentially American history as remarkable as the family it so vividly captures.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 50 minutes|
|Author||Anderson Cooper, Katherine Howe|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||21 September 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank||
1,503 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
2 in 19th Century U.S. History
12 in United States History (Audible Books & Originals)
14 in Biographies of Business Leaders
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Having seen the show "Nothing left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper, I recognize their mutual love for each other as mother and son. Cooper's father died, and his brother is also gone, so his relationship with his mother was paramount. This may have been the last memorial to his mother who passed away in 2019 and I get that. But I wanted more history and more information about how one family squandered such a massive fortune so quickly.