Harper Paperbacks Vanderbilt: The Rise & Fall of an American Dynasty
Harper Paperbacks Vanderbilt: The Rise & Fall of an American Dynasty

Vanderbilt: The Rise & Fall of an American Dynasty

By Anderson Cooper


Publication Date: September 20, 2022

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#1 New York Times BestsellerNow in paperback, the bestselling, “incredible” (People) chronicle of the highs and lows of the Vanderbilt clan, told by one of its descendants, CNN anchor and journalist Anderson Cooper, and historian Katherine Howe.

When eleven-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father’s small ferry boat in New York Harbor at the beginning of the nineteenth century, no one could have imagined that he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empires that would make him the richest man in America. His staggering fortune was contested 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 seventy-room summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island, that Cornelius’s grandson and namesake 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 ancestors, a family with outsized influence who would become 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 contemporary New York, Vanderbilt wryly recounts the triumphs and tragedies of a unique American dynasty.

About the Author

Anderson Cooper joined CNN in 2001 and has anchored his own program, Anderson Cooper 360°, since March 2003. Cooper has won eighteen Emmys and numerous other major journalism awards. He lives in New York with his son, Wyatt.Katherine Howe is a novelist and historian of America. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and The House of Velvet and Glass and served as editor of The Penguin Book of Witches. She lives with her family in New England and New York.

Format: Paperback

Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

Publication Date: September 20, 2022

ISBN: 9780062964625

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