9781118295311

Dynasty Scandals, Secrets, and Successes of the Real Estate Royalty

  • ISBN 13:

    9781118295311

  • ISBN 10:

    1118295315

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/27/2014
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Summary

The secret history of America's real estate barons and the empires they created

Written by Vanity Fair investigative reporter and bestselling author, Vicky Ward, this enthralling expose delivers the inside scoop on some of history's most famous (and infamous) real estate dynasties. It is the story of men with outsized dreams and egos to match who were willing to go to any lengths to amass vast fortunes through land speculation. With novelistic flare, Ward describes how those men's ambitions made them the Kings of America, larger-than-life representatives of the American Dream, but how their fortunes rarely bought them the one thing they craved more than gold—acceptance among America's social elite, the often penniless WASP descendants of the founding families.

  • An captivating history of the greatest American real estate barons and their scions, including everyone from the Astors and Rockefellers to the Trumps and Zeckendorffs
  • Includes fascinating, little-known details about how the dynasties began, how they amassed their great wealth, and how, from one generation to the next, those fortunes were either expanded or squandered
  • Author, Vicky Ward, is well connected with the British Media, and her New York Times bestseller, The Devil's Casino was a hit with audiences in the UK
  • Breaks the story on scandals which will be strategically leaked in anticipation of the book, to generate buzz for the topic and for the book

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