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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerry E. Patterson Narrator: Ray Childs Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781482979558
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In The Vanderbilts, the family’s astounding story is told in full: from the farmstead beginnings of the Commodore on Staten Island to the pinnacle of wealth, fame, and social standing achieved by the legendary Vanderbilt ladies—Consuelo, Alva, Grace, Gertrude, and Gloria. The text traces the commercial machinations that established their fortune and the Vanderbilt mania for house building that engaged some of America’s finest designers and architects.

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  • “Those fond of the smell of money will adore this book.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Those fascinated by this American ‘royal family’ will find much food for thought.”


  • “Slightly spicy chronicle…Fun, but very light, reading.”

    Library Journal

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 9/27/2013

    " Depicts the Vanderbilts from the beginning to the present. If you love history and enjoyed the Biltmore you'll love this book! "

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About the Author

Jerry E. Patterson has written many books, including Fifth Avenue: The Best AddressThe Vanderbilts, and The Best Families: The Town and Country Social Directory, 1846–1996. He has lectured on the history of American society, appeared on A&E’s documentary The Rich in America, and is a regular on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow.

About the Narrator

Ray Childs is a successful audiobook narrator. He can be heard on such titles as Black like Me, The Vanderbilts, and Amos Fortune.