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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 26 September 2017
  • ISBN : 9781476794068
  • Page : 400 pages
  • Rating : 3.5/5 from 15 voters

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A New York Times bestseller with an "engaging narrative and array of detail” (The Wall Street Journal), the “intimate and sweeping” (Raleigh News & Observer) untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate—the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door. The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best known families. She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House. Before their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European-style estate on 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness. He summoned the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to tame the grounds, collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a 175,000-square-foot chateau, filled it with priceless art and antiques, and erected a charming village beyond the gates. Newlywed Edith was now mistress of an estate nearly three times the size of Washington, DC and benefactress of the village and surrounding rural area. When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family, her home, and her community, it was up to Edith to save Biltmore—and secure the future of the region and her husband’s legacy. This is the fascinating, “soaring and gorgeous” (Karen Abbott) story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day.

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The Last Castle

The Last Castle
  • Author : Denise Kiernan
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-09-26
  • ISBN : 9781476794068
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A New York Times bestseller with an "engaging narrative and array of detail” (The Wall Street Journal), the “intimate and sweeping” (Raleigh News & Observer) untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate—the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door. The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including

The Last Castle

The Last Castle
  • Author : Denise Kiernan
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-09-26
  • ISBN : 9781476794044
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"The ... true story behind the ... Gilded Age mansion Biltmore--the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States"--Amazon.com.

The Last Castle

The Last Castle
  • Author : Denise Kiernan
  • Publisher : Atria Books
  • Release Date : 2018-05-01
  • ISBN : 1476794057
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A New York Times bestseller with an "engaging narrative and array of detail” (The Wall Street Journal), the “intimate and sweeping” (Raleigh News & Observer) untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate—the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door. The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including

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  • Author : Arthur T. Vanderbilt, II
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2013-04-16
  • ISBN : 9780062288370
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Vanderbilt: the very name signifies wealth. The family patriarch, "the Commodore," built up a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Yet, less than fifty years after the Commodore's death, one of his direct descendants died penniless, and no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. Fortune's Children tells the dramatic story of all the amazingly colorful spenders who dissipated such a vast inheritance.

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  • Author : Laurie Fabiano
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2011
  • ISBN : 0547744943
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Elizabeth Street is both a fascinating immigrant story and an intimate portrait of how a first-generation American--and the author's own great-grandmother--outwits one of the most brutal crime organizations of the early 20th century.

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  • Author : Justin Kaplan
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2006-06-01
  • ISBN : 9781101218815
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In this marvelous anecdotal history, Justin Kaplan––Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Mark Twain––vividly brings to life a glittering, bygone age. Endowed with the largest private fortunes of their day, cousins John Jacob Astor IV and William Waldorf Astor vied for primacy in New York society, producing the grandest hotels ever seen in a marriage of ostentation and efficiency that transformed American social behavior. Kaplan exposes it all in exquisite detail, taking readers from the 1890s to the Roaring Twenties

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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-11-10
  • ISBN : 9780593183267
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Castle and The Girls of Atomic City comes a new way to look at American history through the story of giving thanks. From Ancient Rome through 21st-century America, bestselling author Denise Kiernan brings us a biography of an idea: gratitude, as a compelling human instinct and a global concept, more than just a mere holiday. Spanning centuries, We Gather Together is anchored amid the strife of the Civil War, and

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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-03-11
  • ISBN : 9781451617535
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Looks at the contributions of the thousands of women who worked at a secret uranium-enriching facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during World War II.

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  • Author : Therese Anne Fowler
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2018-10-16
  • ISBN : 9781250095497
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  • Author : Bill Dedman,Paul Clark Newell (Jr.)
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2014
  • ISBN : 9780345534538
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2018-02-06
  • ISBN : 9780062666727
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  • Publisher : Quirk Books
  • Release Date : 2012-06-05
  • ISBN : 9781594745836
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A pocket-sized gift book packed with patriotic facts for ordinary Americans and history buffs alike. This handbook is the perfect patriotic present for any engaged United States citizen. Who played the first game of baseball? What’s a bicameral congress? Where did Mount Rushmore come from? Who is Geronimo and why do we yell his name when we jump? Plus: • All about the Declaration of Independence • Ten Books Every American Should Read • Assassination Attempts on U.S. Presidents • The History

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  • Author : Edward Morris
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release Date : 2012-09-04
  • ISBN : 9781614236665
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Newport, Rhode Island, was the summer playground of the Gilded Age for the Astors, Belmonts and Vanderbilts. They built lavish villas designed by the best Beaux Arts-style architects of the time, including Richard Morris Hunt, Charles McKim and Robert Swain Peabody. America's elite delighted in referring to these grand retreats as "summer cottages," where they would play tennis and polo and sail their yachts along the shores of the Ocean State. The coachman had an important role as the discreet

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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2013-04-23
  • ISBN : 9780062099464
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The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope is an unconventional and passionately romantic love story that is as breathtaking and wondrous as The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. During WWII, teenager Evelyn Roe is sent to manage the family farm in rural North Carolina, where she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier on their property. She rescues him, and it quickly becomes clear he is not a man…and not one of

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  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2017-10-10
  • ISBN : 9780465097395
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