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Willie K. Vanderbilt II : a Biography.

Author: Steven H Gittelman
Publisher: Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Vanderbilts were one of the great American families of the industrial era. This book explores the life of one of its lesser-known scions of the fourth generation, William Kissam Vanderbilt II, known simply as Willie K. An inheritor, not a builder, Willie K. lacked the drive and ambition necessary for furthering the Vanderbilt dynasty, especially in the political atmosphere of bank failures, the dawn of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Gittelman, Steven H.
Willie K. Vanderbilt II : A Biography.
Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, ©2010
Named Person: William K Vanderbilt; William K Vanderbilt
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven H Gittelman
ISBN: 9780786458233 0786458232
OCLC Number: 892240044
Description: 1 online resource (265 pages)
Contents: Cover; Acknowledgments; Table of Contents; Preface; 1. Accidental Heir; 2. Two; 3. Trial by Fire; 4. Meeting of Giants; 5. Autofat; 6. Commodore; 7. All Hail the King of Deepdale; 8. The Scapegoat; 9. The Carnage; 10. The Vanderbilt Cup; 11. An Empire Implodes; 12. The Speedway; 13. Bailout; 14. Overextended; 15. Harbor Me; 16. A Fatal Accident of Sorts; 17. Railroad Man; 18. A Different Wind Blows; 19. The Enchanted Isles; 20. Fifteen Thousand Miles Away; 21. We Know Who Put the Bang in "Sabang"!; 22. The God of Palm Island; 23. Weep No More; 24. The Advancement of Science; 25. Flying Lanes. 26. ReposeEpilogue; Chapter Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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The Vanderbilts were one of the great American families of the industrial era. This book explores the life of one of its lesser-known scions of the fourth generation, William Kissam Vanderbilt II, known simply as Willie K. An inheritor, not a builder, Willie K. lacked the drive and ambition necessary for furthering the Vanderbilt dynasty, especially in the political atmosphere of bank failures, the dawn of progressivism, and the First World War. This biography, while the story of one man, is also an exploration of the burden of enormous wealth, the danger of inherited dreams, and the struggle.

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