So disappointed as it seems the author didn’t have an objective perspective. His family ties and his apparent desire to disassociate from them is evident.
I’ve listened to 3 books including this one and the one thing I really liked is how the provided back stories really add context to the content. I’ve listened to it several times
I enjoyed every chapter! I grew up in Newport, R. I. and learned to sail when I was 12. I remember the America’s Cup races! Anderson’s chapter on the America Cup race was exciting! I have visited the Breakers many times, it’s a real treasure!
Learning the history of the Vanderbilt family was made made even more enjoyable by Anderson’s narration.
I was hoping to learn more about how their money was made in detail not what someone wore to a ball. Terrible book.
All this book is about is enslaved blacks.
Anderson Cooper BARELY even mentions his Vanderbilt origins.
He can ONLY rant on & on about slavery. Condemning how the man that created the Vanderbilt fortune did it basically, by accident & luck, & how there is NO such thing as "The American Dream". That even if you work hard, you'll never prosperity.
If you want a white reporter rant on black slavery, then this is the book for you!
If you want TRUE historical account of the Vanderbilt dynasty, then ABSOLUTELY suggest; "Little Gloria...Happy at Last" by Barbara Goldsmith.
Excellent read. So interesting to hear the stories about this time period fri someone whose family was part of that legacy.
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