Empty Mansions

Written By Bill Dedman
Empty Mansions
  • Publsiher : Ballantine Books
  • Release : 10 September 2013
  • ISBN : 0345545567
  • Pages : 496 pages
  • Rating : 3.5/5 from 68 reviews
GET THIS BOOKEmpty Mansions


Download or read book entitled Empty Mansions by author: Bill Dedman which was release on 10 September 2013 and published by Ballantine Books with total page 496 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Janet Maslin, The New York Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch When Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades. Though she owned palatial homes in California, New York, and Connecticut, why had she lived for twenty years in a simple hospital room, despite being in excellent health? Why were her valuables being sold off? Was she in control of her fortune, or controlled by those managing her money? Dedman has collaborated with Huguette Clark’s cousin, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., one of the few relatives to have frequent conversations with her. Dedman and Newell tell a fairy tale in reverse: the bright, talented daughter, born into a family of extreme wealth and privilege, who secrets herself away from the outside world. Huguette was the daughter of self-made copper industrialist W. A. Clark, nearly as rich as Rockefeller in his day, a controversial senator, railroad builder, and founder of Las Vegas. She grew up in the largest house in New York City, a remarkable dwelling with 121 rooms for a family of four. She owned paintings by Degas and Renoir, a world-renowned Stradivarius violin, a vast collection of antique dolls. But wanting more than treasures, she devoted her wealth to buying gifts for friends and strangers alike, to quietly pursuing her own work as an artist, and to guarding the privacy she valued above all else. The Clark family story spans nearly all of American history in three generations, from a log cabin in Pennsylvania to mining camps in the Montana gold rush, from backdoor politics in Washington to a distress call from an elegant Fifth Avenue apartment. The same Huguette who was touched by the terror attacks of 9/11 held a ticket nine decades earlier for a first-class stateroom on the second voyage of the Titanic. Empty Mansions reveals a complex portrait of the mysterious Huguette and her intimate circle. We meet her extravagant father, her publicity-shy mother, her star-crossed sister, her French boyfriend, her nurse who received more than $30 million in gifts, and the relatives fighting to inherit Huguette’s copper fortune. Richly illustrated with more than seventy photographs, Empty Mansions is an enthralling story of an eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age who lived life on her own terms.

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
  • Author : Bill Dedman,Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2013-09-10
  • Total pages : 496
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Janet Maslin, The New York Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch When Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American ...

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
  • Author : Paul Clark Newell Jr,Bill Dedman
  • Publisher : Atlantic Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2013-11-28
  • Total pages : 300
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of nineteenth-century America with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no ...

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
  • Author : Realbuzz Studios
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2008-05-20
  • Total pages : 96
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : You'll never discover the secret if you stay safe at home. Like generations before them, cadets Adam and Dawn have always lived aboard the asteroid. But past generations have never experienced a threat like this: Robotic Alien Technology (R.A.T.) is attacking the spaceship--with the intent to destroy everyone ...

Indian Mansions

Indian Mansions
  • Author : Sarah Tillotson
  • Publisher : UN
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : Indian Mansions follows the course of a day in the life of a haveli, expanding specific events to examine wider patterns of life, and combining individual observations with the historical background. The book draws on written accounts, from the diary of the Mughal Emperor Babur to the reminiscences of those ...

The Wesleyan Methodist Magazine

The Wesleyan Methodist Magazine
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1879
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : Read online The Wesleyan Methodist Magazine written by , published by which was released on 1879. Download full The Wesleyan Methodist Magazine Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....

M nava Dharma S stra Or The Institutes of Manu According to the Gloss of Kulluka

M  nava Dharma S  stra  Or  The Institutes of Manu According to the Gloss of Kulluka
  • Author : Manu
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1863
  • Total pages : 364
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : Read online M nava Dharma S stra Or The Institutes of Manu According to the Gloss of Kulluka written by Manu, published by which was released on 1863. Download full M nava Dharma S stra Or The Institutes of Manu According to the Gloss of Kulluka Books now! Available in PDF, ...

European Glimpses and Glances

European Glimpses and Glances
  • Author : Jesse Milton Emerson
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1889
  • Total pages : 221
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : Read online European Glimpses and Glances written by Jesse Milton Emerson, published by which was released on 1889. Download full European Glimpses and Glances Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....

Ruth

Ruth
  • Author : Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1887
  • Total pages : 466
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : Read online Ruth written by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, published by which was released on 1887. Download full Ruth Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....

The Book of Christmas

The Book of Christmas
  • Author : Thomas Kibble Hervey
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1888
  • Total pages : 356
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : Read online The Book of Christmas written by Thomas Kibble Hervey, published by which was released on 1888. Download full The Book of Christmas Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....

Journal of the Senate of the State of Missouri

Journal of the Senate of the State of Missouri
  • Author : Missouri. General Assembly. Senate
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1865
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : Issued with appendix....

John Inglesant

John Inglesant
  • Author : Joseph Henry Shorthouse
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1885
  • Total pages : 445
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : Read online John Inglesant written by Joseph Henry Shorthouse, published by which was released on 1885. Download full John Inglesant Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....

True Briton

True Briton
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1854
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : Read online True Briton written by , published by which was released on 1854. Download full True Briton Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....

The Parliamentary Debates official Report

The Parliamentary Debates  official Report
  • Author : Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1925
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : Contains the 4th session of the 28th Parliament through the 1st session of the 48th Parliament....

The Parliamentary Debates

The Parliamentary Debates
  • Author : Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1940
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : Read online The Parliamentary Debates written by Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords, published by which was released on 1940. Download full The Parliamentary Debates Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....

Anoop Kaur

Anoop Kaur
  • Author : Haranāma Dāsa Sahirāī
  • Publisher : Jullundur : Seema Prakashan
  • Release Date : 1972
  • Total pages : 178
  • ISBN : 0345545567
GET BOOK

Summary : Read online Anoop Kaur written by Haranāma Dāsa Sahirāī, published by Jullundur : Seema Prakashan which was released on 1972. Download full Anoop Kaur Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....