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Author: Anderson Cooper, Katherine Howe Narrator: Anderson Cooper Publisher: HarperAudio Audio Length: Release Date: September 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062964656

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New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with New York Times bestselling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty—his mother’s family, the Vanderbilts.

When eleven-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father’s small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the nineteenth century, no one could have imagined that one day he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empires—one in shipping and another in railroads—that would make him the richest man in America. His staggering fortune was fought over 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 had 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 family and their outsized influence. Cooper and Howe breathe life into the ancestors who built the family’s empire, basked in the Commodore’s wealth, hosted lavish galas, and became 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 modern-day New York, Cooper and Howe wryly recount the triumphs and tragedies of an American dynasty unlike any other.

Written with a unique insider’s viewpoint, this is a rollicking, quintessentially American history as remarkable as the family it so vividly captures.

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  • “With resplendent detail, the authors capture the gasp-eliciting extravagance of the Vanderbilt Gilded Age mansions…a distinctly intimate, insightful, and engrossing chronicle.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “Suicides, affairs, bad business deals, fierce rivalries, and occasionally an outburst of good sense mark these pages along with moments of tragedy, such as the loss of one ancestor in the sinking of the Lusitania. A sturdy family history that also serves as a pointed lesson in how to lose a fortune.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “Marked by meticulous research and deep emotional insight, this is a memorable chronicle of American royalty.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Rich in detail and personality, Vanderbilt beautifully transports readers back in time to the glory days of the Gilded Age, and the subsequent scandals, successes, and excesses of a true American dynasty.”



  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 Amazon bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio

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About the Author

Anderson Cooper is a television anchor and an author of several books, of which three have made the New York Times bestsellers list. He joined CNN in 2001 and has anchored his own program, "Anderson Cooper 360°," since March 2003. He has won numerous major journalism awards for his work, including eighteen Emmy Awards, several Peabody Awards, and a Edward R. Murrow Award.