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The Big Spenders: The Epic Story of the Rich Rich, the Grandees of America and the Magnificoes, and How They Spent Their Fortunes

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The Big Spenders was Lucius Beebe's last and many think his best book. In it he describes the consumption of the Gilded Age. Beebe enjoys it all immensely, and so do we his readers, whether it is James Gordon Bennett buying a Monte Carlo restaurant because he was refused a seat by the window, or Spencer Penrose leaving a bedside memo reminding himself not to spend more tha ...more
Paperback, 510 pages
Published February 16th 2009 by Axios Press (first published January 1st 1966)
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Joanne
Wow! I finally finished this "nap inducer." Throughout this book we meet the "magnifcoes" who amassed enormous wealth from railroads, oil, newspapers, mining, banking, etc. during the latter part of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th. These people could not spend their money as fast as it was pouring in, and nothing was beyond their reach. Their sense of entitlement grew with their bank accounts. They built fantastic homes in New York, California, Colorado, Nevada, Chicago and establishe ...more
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Gilted Age With Tarnished Souls

Lighthearted look at the most self centered collection office humanity that the US is likely to ever see again.
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Andrew Kosztyo
A high readable, if not somewhat rambling and unfocused, anthology of high-living Gilded Age robber barons. It seemed far more profound when I read it in high school.
Melissa
Not that great. Eh....
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