Empty Mansions Book
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Empty Mansions


  • Author : Bill Dedman
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Date : 2014
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 470
  • ISBN : 9780345534538

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A cousin of Huguette Clark and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist trace the life of the reclusive American heiress against a backdrop of the now-infamous W. A. Clark family and include coverage of the internet sensation and elder-abuse investigation that occurred at the end of her life.

The Phantom of Fifth Avenue Book
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The Phantom of Fifth Avenue


  • Author : Meryl Gordon
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Date : 2014-05-27
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9781455512645

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Born in 1906, Huguette Clark grew up in her family's 121-room Beaux Arts mansion in New York and was one of the leading celebrities of her day. Her father William Andrews Clark, was a copper magnate, the second richest man in America, and not above bribing his way into the Senate. Huguette attended the coronation of King George V. And at twenty-two with a personal fortune of $50 million to her name, she married a Princeton man and childhood friend William MacDonald Gower. Two-years later the couple divorced. After a series of failed romances, Huguette began to withdraw from society--first living with her mother in a kind of Grey Gardens isolation then as a modern-day Miss Havisham, spending her days in a vast apartment overlooking Central Park, eating crackers and watching The Flintstones with only servants for company. All her money and all her real estate could not protect her in her later life from being manipulated by shady hangers-on and hospitals that were only too happy to admit (and bill) a healthy woman. But what happened to Huguette that turned a vivacious, young socialite into a recluse? And what was her life like inside that gilded, copper cage?

Empty Mansions Book
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Empty Mansions


  • Author : Bill Dedman
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 2014-01-29
  • Category : Collectors and collecting
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 1782394761

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The rich mystery of a reclusive, eccentric heiress Huguette Clark: a true story of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance.

Empty Mansions Book
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Empty Mansions


  • Author : Paul Clark Newell Jr
  • Publisher : Atlantic Books Ltd
  • Date : 2013-11-28
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN : 9781782394778

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Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of nineteenth-century America with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades. Though she owned palatial homes in California, New York, and Connecticut, why had she lived for twenty years in a simple hospital room, despite being in excellent health? Why were her valuables being sold off? Was she in control of her fortune, or controlled by those managing her money? Huguette Clark was the daughter of self-made copper industrialist W. A. Clark, nearly as rich as Rockefeller in his day, a controversial senator, railroad builder, and founder of Las Vegas. She grew up in the largest house in New York City, a remarkable dwelling with 121 rooms for a family of four. She owned paintings by Degas and Renoir, a world-renowned Stradivarius violin, a vast collection of antique dolls. But wanting more than treasures, she devoted her wealth to buying gifts for friends and strangers alike, to quietly pursuing her own work as an artist, and to guarding the privacy she valued above all else. Empty Mansions reveals a complex portrait of the mysterious Huguette and her intimate circle. We meet her extravagant father, her publicity-shy mother, her star-crossed sister, her French boyfriend, her nurse who received more than $30 million in gifts, and the relatives fighting to inherit Huguette's copper fortune. Richly illustrated with more than seventy photographs, Empty Mansions is an enthralling story of an eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age who lived life on her own terms.

Fortune s Children Book
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Fortune s Children


  • Author : Arthur T. Vanderbilt, II
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Date : 2013-04-16
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN : 9780062288370

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Vanderbilt: the very name signifies wealth. The family patriarch, "the Commodore," built up a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Yet, less than fifty years after the Commodore's death, one of his direct descendants died penniless, and no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. Fortune's Children tells the dramatic story of all the amazingly colorful spenders who dissipated such a vast inheritance.

Empty Mansions Book

Empty Mansions


  • Author : Realbuzz Studios
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Date : 2008-05-20
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 9781418580971

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You'll never discover the secret if you stay safe at home. Like generations before them, cadets Adam and Dawn have always lived aboard the asteroid. But past generations have never experienced a threat like this: Robotic Alien Technology (R.A.T.) is attacking the spaceship--with the intent to destroy everyone on board. Dawn and Adam are two of the best new Coupler pilots, but they're also famous for their clashes. When a family crisis and a R.A.T. sighting coincide, Dawn has to call on all her inner resources to stay focused on the mission. A deep space discovery lies ahead, threatening to forever alter the ship's future--and every life on it.

When the Astors Owned New York Book
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When the Astors Owned New York


  • Author : Justin Kaplan
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Date : 2006-06-01
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9781101218815

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In this marvelous anecdotal history, Justin Kaplan––Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Mark Twain––vividly brings to life a glittering, bygone age. Endowed with the largest private fortunes of their day, cousins John Jacob Astor IV and William Waldorf Astor vied for primacy in New York society, producing the grandest hotels ever seen in a marriage of ostentation and efficiency that transformed American social behavior. Kaplan exposes it all in exquisite detail, taking readers from the 1890s to the Roaring Twenties in a combination of biography, history, architectural appreciation, and pure reading pleasure

Abandoned Book
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Abandoned


  • Author :
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Date : 2017-07-27
  • Category : Photography
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9781473550964

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The places time forgot From the magical empty theatres of Detroit to the lost playgrounds of Chernobyl, there are places across the globe that were once a hub of activity, but are now abandoned and in decay. With nature creeping in and reclaiming these spots, we are left with eerie crumbling ruins and breathtaking views that offer us a window into the past and capture our imagination. Abandoned showcases the very best photographs from around the world documenting this phenomenon. More immersive than a museum and more human that a lecture, abandoned photography has given the world an exciting way to look at our history and the places we have long neglected. Compiled and curated by photographer and former urban explorer, Mathew Growcoot.

Gone Away Lake Book
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Gone Away Lake


  • Author : Elizabeth Enright
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Date : 2000
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0152022724

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Portia and her cousin Julian discover adventure in a hidden colony of forgotten summer houses on the shores of a swampy lake.

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Summary of Bill Dedman Paul Clark Newell Jr s Empty Mansions


  • Author : Everest Media,
  • Publisher : Everest Media LLC
  • Date : 2022-03-23T22:59:00Z
  • Category : History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN : 9781669358688

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Huguette and Andrée, the daughters of multimillionaire W. A. Clark, were immigrants to America in 1910. They had sailed from Cherbourg, France, in first-class cabins on the White Star liner Teutonic. They were being educated by private tutors and governesses, with lessons in three languages: English, Spanish, and French. #2 The house was completed in 1911, and was called the most expensive and beautiful private residence in America. It was a fairy-tale castle come to life, with secret entrances, mysterious sources of music, and treasures collected from all over the world. #3 W. A. supervised every detail of the house, from the furniture to the car rotunda. He also bought the stone-dressing plant, marble factory, and woodwork factory. The plans were modified to include an automobile room after Ransom Olds began selling his Curved Dash Oldsmobile in 1901. #4 The Clark house was very expensive to build, and it cost more than two years' profits from the United Verde copper mine in Arizona. W. A. was able to get the courts to lower his property tax bill by valuing the home at only $3. 5 million.

Murder at the Mansions Book
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Murder at the Mansions


  • Author : Sara Rosett
  • Publisher : Sara Rosett
  • Date : 2022-01-11
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN :

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South Regent Mansions has all the modern conveniences . . . including murder London, February, 1924. Discreet sleuth for the high society set, Olive Belgrave is delighted with her new flat at South Regent Mansions where she’s made several friends, including the modern career woman, Minerva, who draws a popular cartoon about a flapper for a London newspaper. But then Minerva comes to Olive for help after catching a glimpse of a disturbing sight—a dead body. At least, that’s what Minerva thought she saw, but there’s not a dead body anywhere in the posh building, and the residents are continuing with their lives as they normally do. Is Minerva seeing things? Is she barmy? Or is there a more sinister explanation? To help restore Minerva’s peace of mind, Olive investigates her neighbors. They include: society’s “it” girl of the moment, an accountant with a fondness for gadgets, a snooty society matron, and a school teacher turned bridge instructor. Olive uncovers rivalries, clandestine affairs, and hidden jealousies. With dashing Jasper at her side, Olive must discover whose secret is worth killing for. If you like sophisticated whodunits, charming characters, and novels with a lighthearted tone, you’ll enjoy the seventh installment of the High Society Lady Detective series, Murder at the Mansions, from USA Today bestselling author, Sara Rosett.

Green Mansions Book

Green Mansions


  • Author : William Henry Hudson
  • Publisher : BEYOND BOOKS HUB
  • Date : 2022-02-01
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 163
  • ISBN :

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Green Mansions, novel by W.H. Hudson, published in 1904. An exotic romance set in the jungles of South America, the story is narrated by a man named Abel who as a young man had lived among the aboriginal people. He tells of Rima, a strange birdlike woman with whom he falls in love.

Twilight Man Book

Twilight Man


  • Author : Liz Brown
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Date : 2021-05-18
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 401
  • ISBN : 9780698184732

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"Twilight Man is biography, romance, and nonfiction mystery, carrying with it the bite of fiction." -- Los Angeles Review of Books “In Twilight Man, Liz Brown uncovers a noir fairytale, a new glimpse into the opulent Gilded Age empire of the Clark family.” —Bill Dedman, co-author of The New York Times bestseller Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune The unbelievable true story of Harrison Post--the enigmatic lover of one of the richest men in 1920s Hollywood--and the battle for a family fortune. In the booming 1920s, William Andrews Clark Jr. was one of the richest, most respected men in Los Angeles. The son of the mining tycoon known as "The Copper King of Montana," Clark launched the Los Angeles Philharmonic and helped create the Hollywood Bowl. He was also a man with secrets, including a lover named Harrison Post. A former salesclerk, Post enjoyed a lavish existence among Hollywood elites, but the men's money--and their homosexuality--made them targets, for the district attorney, their employees and, in Post's case, his own family. When Clark died suddenly, Harrison Post inherited a substantial fortune--and a wealth of trouble. From Prohibition-era Hollywood to Nazi prison camps to Mexico City nightclubs, Twilight Man tells the story of an illicit love and the battle over a family estate that would destroy one man's life. Harrison Post was forgotten for decades, but after a chance encounter with his portrait, Liz Brown, Clark's great-grandniece, set out to learn his story. Twilight Man is more than just a biography. It is an exploration of how families shape their own legacies, and the lengths they will go in order to do so.

A Guest of the Reich Book

A Guest of the Reich


  • Author : Peter Finn
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Date : 2020-08
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9780525436508

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A Washington Post Best Book of the Year The dramatic story of a South Carolina heiress who joined the OSS and became the first American woman in uniform taken prisoner on the Western front--until her escape from Nazi Germany. Gertrude "Gertie" Legendre was a big-game hunter from a wealthy industrial family who lived a charmed life in Jazz Age America. Her adventurous spirit made her the inspiration for the Broadway play Holiday, which became a film starring Katharine Hepburn. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Legendre, by then married and a mother of two, joined the OSS, the wartime spy organization that preceded the CIA. First in Washington and then in London, some of the most closely-held United States government secrets passed through her hands. In A Guest of the Reich, Peter Finn tells the gripping story of how in 1944, while on leave in liberated Paris, Legendre was captured by the Germans after accidentally crossing the front lines. Subjected to repeated interrogations, including by the Gestapo, Legendre entered a daring game of lies with her captors. The Nazis treated her as a "special prisoner" of the SS and moved her from city to city throughout Germany, where she witnessed the collapse of Hitler's Reich as no other American did. After six months in captivity, Legendre escaped into Switzerland. A Guest of the Reich is a propulsive account of a little-known chapter in the history of World War II, as well as a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary woman.

Gilded Mansions Book

Gilded Mansions


  • Author : Wayne Craven
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Date : 2009
  • Category : Architecture
  • Pages : 383
  • ISBN : 0393067548

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The Gilded Age (1865-1918) saw the sudden rise of America's first High Society, including such prominent families as the Astors, Whitneys, and Vanderbilts. As an aristocracy based on fortunes recently acquired, these families endeavored to live like Europe's blue-blooded nobility, shedding Puritan restraint as they joyously flaunted their new wealth--especially where their homes were concerned. They erected French chateaus and Italian palazzos on New York's Fifth Avenue, at Newport, and elsewhere, often taking inspiration from Parisian styles of the Second Empire. They rejected more modest American styles just as they rejected middle-class society, and for interior decoration they turned to such artisans as Tiffany, Herter Brothers, and Allard's of Paris. Immensely readable and illuminated with 250 stunning color and black-and-white illustrations, this is the fascinating story of America's first millionaire society, the way they lived and partied, and the lush artistic and cultural legacy they established.