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The Vanderbilt Women: Dynasty of Wealth, Glamour, and Tragedy

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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 ...more
Paperback, 500 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by iUniverse (first published January 1st 1981)
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Judy
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
An interesting multiple biography of some of the more interesting and colorful women members of the Vanderbilt family. Includes information on Gertude Vanderbilt Whitney who was a noted sculptor and who established the Whitney Museum of American Art, Alva Smith Vanderbilt who played a significant role in the women's suffrage movement in the United States, and numerous others. A family tree would have helped to keep the relationships in perspective--especially since many of the women shared the s ...more
Paula
Oct 13, 2016 added it
interesting book about a group of women that have been under the radar
Laurel
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinated about the Vanderbilt's family after viewing George Vanderbilt's Biltmore in Asheville, NC, On July 13 and 14, 2017, I began reading everything about them. In this book the two most fascinating characters the were Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt (1853-1933) and Gloria Laura Vanderbilt (1924).

Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt was the wife of Wm Kissam Vanderbilt I (1849-1920), the grandson of Vanderbilt Patriarch, Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877). and the grandson of Cornelius's favorite so
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Jill Hutchinson
Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
The Vanderbilt dynasty makes for an interesting saga and this book pretty much covers the women of that family who were influential in their own realm. It does, however, get bogged down in two areas with more detail than the reader needs to know.......the decor of the mansions and the woman's movement at the turn of the century. It slows down the narrative and the readers might find themselves skipping through those sections.
That weakness aside, it is a fascinating look at American royalty and
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Simon
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting for the most part (especially when dealing with Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney), but the narrative falls apart when Stasz discusses Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper in the final chapters. Ms. Cooper sensibly declined to turn over her memories to Ms. Stasz, preferring to write them out herself.

Stasz spends a lot of time in psychohistory, although she is generally pretty open about her conclusions on certain matters being conjectural. I do wish she had left out the twee chapter headings, which pr
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Sharon
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I'm a bit slanted in my opinion as I'm a real lover of biographies: especially well written biographies. This is a well written book and keeps your interest. Not enough biographers know how to keep you glued to your seat and this one does. The only negative about it is that on occasion the way it's organized has you flipping to the chart in the front to remember which Vanderbilt cousin, father, etc. is who: but that's not too much of a challenge!
Lisa Michele
I am still blazing through all my Vanderbilt books. I like this one because it focused on the women - who are compelling, but not necessarily Vanderbilts by blood. Did you know Anderson Cooper is a Vanderbilt? I didn't.
Dawn
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was the most detailed book I have read to date. I liked this because it included a lot of the current history with each chapter and that made it more interesting for me.
Rebecca
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book was interesting but overall too slow moving. It also would have benefited from a family tree in the beginning, given that everyone had the same names.
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