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Book Title: The Vanderbilts|
The author of the book: Jerry E. Patterson
ISBN 13: 9780810917484
Edition: Harry N. Abrams
Date of issue: September 1st 1989
Format files: PDF
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Having recently visited Biltmore, I was curious to find out what I could about George and his wife Edith, who were the master and mistress of Biltmore. This book starts with the parents and grandparents of the Commodore, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and pretty much covers the family up to modern times. Some members get nothing more than a mention in a geneological chart, while others get entire chapters devoted to them. Although I did learn more about George, there is very little mention of Edith, to my disappointment. There are some good stories about the more prominent family members, and a lot about the houses they all built - the 'bilt" part of their name was apt (although it actually means "village" in Dutch). Over the years I think this family must have kept several architectural firms in business, not to mention construction firms.
There are some mistakes in the book, such a chart showing one son dying in 1906 but the text says he died in 1905. In another place, an engagement is announced on June 11, 1896; then a page later it is referred to as having happened on June 18, 1896. Small stuff but things that should have been caught.
The book is a coffee-table style, and so it's full of photos, which I loved. Besides the houses and many interiors, particularly of Biltmore, the photos of the family give a wonderful view of life in the Gilded Age. I loved seeing the clothing, the hair styles, and the settings - yachts, ballrooms, carriages, racetracks, etc.
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