They personified Gilded Age excess with a fortune rivaling Jeff Bezos’ and Elon Musk’s

WEALTH SQUANDERED THROUGH THE GENERATIONS

AN OFFSPRING OF THE FAMILY TELLS THE TALE

VANDERBILT: THE RISE AND FALL OF AN AMERICAN DYNASTY BY ANDERSON COOPER AND KATHERINE HOWE (2021) 336 PAGES ★★★★☆

Map showing the Vanderbilt railroad holdings at their peak. Image: American-Rails.com

GILDED AGE EXCESS THROUGH THE GENERATIONS

CORNELIUS VANDERBILT

Cornelius Vanderbilt, the “Commodore”

BILLY VANDERBILT

Cornelius Vanderbilt II

CORNIE VANDERBILT

WILLIE VANDERBILT

ALVA VANDERBILT

The sinking of the Lusitania rendered in paint by an artist. Image: Wikipedia

ALFRED GWYNNE VANDERBILT

GLORIA VANDERBILT

TRACING THE FAMILY’S HISTORY THROUGH PIVOTAL EVENTS

COMPARING YESTERDAY’S FORTUNES WITH TODAY’S

Inflation is a simplistic and misleading guide to the “value” of nineteenth-century fortunes. Image: Forbes

INFLATION ALONE DOESN’T TELL THE STORY

COMPARING DOLLARS TO DOLLARS IS MISLEADING

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt attend the premiere of “Nothing Left Unsaid” at the Time Warner Center on Monday, April 4, 2016, in New York. In the film, Cooper examined his mother’s life and legacy. Image: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

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