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Left Bank Books, Books & Books, and other independent bookstores welcome New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper, who will discuss his new book Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, on September 24 at 5pm CT in a private online event. Cooper will be in conversation with co-author and historian Katherine Howe. This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a copy of Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty from Left Bank Books for admission.\ \ \ About Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty\ \ New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with New York Times bestselling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty--his mother\'s family, the Vanderbilts.\ \ When eleven-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father\'s small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the nineteenth century, no one could have imagined that one day he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empires--one in shipping and another in railroads--that would make him the richest man in America. His staggering fortune was fought over by his heirs after his death in 1877, sowing familial discord that would never fully heal. Though his son Billy doubled the money left by \"the Commodore,\" subsequent generations competed to find new and ever more extraordinary ways of spending it. By 2018, when the last Vanderbilt was forced out of The Breakers--the seventy-room summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island, that Cornelius\'s grandson and namesake had built--the family would have been unrecognizable to the tycoon who started it all.\ \ Now, the Commodore\'s great-great-great-grandson Anderson Cooper, joins with historian Katherine Howe to explore the story of his legendary family and their outsized influence. Cooper and Howe breathe life into the ancestors who built the family\
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