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Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune - Paul Clark Newell Jr., Bill Dedman
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
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When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed a property listing for a grand estate that had been unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled into one of the most surprising American stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Empty Mansions is a rich tale of wealth and... show more
When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed a property listing for a grand estate that had been unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled into one of the most surprising American stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Empty Mansions is a rich tale of wealth and loss, complete with copper barons, Gilded Age opulence, and backdoor politics. At its heart is a reclusive 104-year-old heiress named Huguette Clark.   Dedman has collaborated with Huguette’s cousin, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., one of the few relatives to have had frequent conversations with her, to tell a fairy tale in reverse: the bright, talented daughter who is born into an almost royal family of amazing wealth and privilege, yet who secrets herself away from the outside world.   Empty Mansions reveals a complete picture of the enigmatic Huguette Clark, heiress to one of the greatest fortunes in American history, a woman who had not been photographed in public since the 1920s. Though she owned three palatial homes in California, New York, and Connecticut, they sat vacant while she lived out her final two decades in a New York City hospital room, despite being in excellent health.   Her father was self-made copper industrialist W. A. Clark, who at the dawn of the twentieth century was one of the richest men in America. Huguette’s inheritance afforded her untold luxury: gorgeous paintings by Degas and Renoir, a world-renowned Stradivarius violin, a vast collection of antique dolls, lavish gifts for her friends, the freedom to pursue her own work as an artist, and, most important, the privacy she valued above all else.   The Clark family story takes the reader nearly the entire span of American history in just three generations. The same Huguette who held a ticket for the return trip of the Titanic was touched by the terror attacks of 9/11.   In this scrupulously detailed account, we meet Huguette’s extravagant father, her publicity-shy mother, her star-crossed sister, her noble French boyfriend, the nurse who received more than $30 million in gifts, and the relatives seeking to inherit Huguette’s $300 million fortune. Richly illustrated with more than seventy photographs, some never before seen, Empty Mansions is a touching story of an eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age who lived life on her own terms.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345534521 (0345534522)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 456
Edition language: English
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JLee22
JLee22 rated it
3.0 Wealth and Eccentricity
I think the book was pretty fair and unbiased as possible regarding the subject: Huguette Clark, daughter of "Copper King" W.A. Clark. Extremely wealthy but isolated and private by choice. You can't fault someone for being that private if it's their choice. Ultimately, the problems and controversy s...
Inkspot Fancy
Inkspot Fancy rated it
3.0 Walking those same hallways
When a search for a new home leads to discovering a huge, wildly expensive home which apparently had been owned and maintained but not lived in for decades, a journalist decided to look into the history behind them. What he found was a remarkable woman whose life was one of secrecy and incredible ge...
Lagniappe Literature
Lagniappe Literature rated it
5.0 Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
***So..I spent an enormous amount of time writing a great review((IT WAS!))and SAVED it and now I cannot find my saved review. I'm too angry for re-writing so I am using portions of an update from my blog, Lagniappe Literature. GREAT BOOK! Amazing, unbelievable story!! Bill Dedman, you rocked this o...
Bonnie Read a Book Today
Bonnie Read a Book Today rated it
5.0 Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
Really well researched, beautifully done portrait of an extremely wealthy family and its most eccentric member, Huguette Clark, who lived nearly 105 years. And still didn't spend all of her hundreds of millions of dollars, though she certainly tried.I thoroughly enjoyed the details of her father's r...
Constantly Moving the Bookmark
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4.0 Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
In 2009 Bill Dedman noticed an advertisement for the sale of a grand old mansion that had remained well cared for yet unoccupied for nearly 60 years. What Pulitzer Prize winning journalist worth his salt could help but wonder at the story behind that empty and forgotten mansion? Collaborating with...
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