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EPUB ´ Empty Mansions The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune ò Bill Dedman Onversations 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 antiue dolls But wanting than treasures she devoted her wealth to buying gifts for friends and strangers alike to uietly 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 Let me answer the big uestion first Yes there is a lot of new information about Huguette Clark in this book by journalist Dedman and Huguette's cousin Paul Newell I thought I already knew the whole story about the woman with three of the most expensive homes in America who didn't visit them for decades instead choosing to live in a small hospital room even though she was healthy But Huguette leaps out of these pages like no other recluse since Edie Beale She ought to do for wearing six layers of Scottish cashmere sweaters over a hospital gown what Little Edie did for statement scarves The difference is that Huguette died with 400 million while Edie's Grey Gardens went to the cats Most surprising to me was to learn about Huguette's talent and vocation as a painter and I for one am very envious of the collector who picked up her portrait of a geisha for 104 on eBay in 2010 One small detail that I loved was that in the home Huguette bought in New Canaan and never slept in once she built an addition a painting studio above her bedroom with the balusters of the staircase leading up to it carved to look like paintbrushes Even her much derided passion for dolls and dollhouses was part of a lifelong art project and one that even in her final years she devoted incredible time and connoisseurship to corresponding with artists around the world and petitioning the Emperor of Japan to use a special protected wood As someone who lives near Newport Rhode Island where the Gilded Age still sits astride the present I was fascinated to read how Senator Clark amassed his fortune and how he chose to spend it His daughter Huguette born in 1906 came close to perishing on The Titanic and survived 911 which gives you a sense of the depth of her life story Everything that seemed ridiculous and sad about this woman in the news reports about her discovery and alleged neglect seems after reading this book understandable and even laudable She had love of every kind in her life gave away millions at a whim and preserved her apartments and homes for ghosts yet still died with her capital intact making numerous savvy business decisions and art investments completely on her own Each of those decisions yielded immense profits Somewhere Huguette is having the last laugh with one of her dolls Note I received an advance reader's copy of this book from the publisher

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FREE PDF ¹ BOOK Empty Mansions The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune é ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Empty Mansions The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune By Bill Dedman ⚣  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 911 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 than 30 million in gifts and the relatives fighting to inherit Huguette’s copper fortune Richly illustrated with 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 termsThe No 1 New York Times bestseller Best nonfiction books of the year at Goodreads com and Barnes Noble One of the New York Times critic Janet Maslin's 10 favorite books of 20 EMPTY MANSIONS is my first audiobook of 2018 The plan is to dedicate most of my audiobook listening to nonfiction this year We'll see how it goes Abandoned places are fascinating to me While the mansions in this book weren't abandoned entirely there were caretakers on site the eccentric owner Huguette Clark hadn't lived in them or seen them in decades In fact she spent her last 20 years living unnecessarily in hospital rooms until her death in 2011 at age 104 The first part of the book was all about Huguette's father W A Clark who amassed a great fortune in copper mines and railroads during the late 1800s Mr Clark had uite an exciting life going from a humble Pennsylvania farm boy to an extremely wealthy industrialist with a passion for art and the finest things money could buy When he died in 1925 his fortune was split eually between Huguette and her four older half siblings The rest of the book focused on Huguette and the ways she spent her inheritance She was an unusual person private to a fault and very generous to people and causes close to her heart She seemed happiest when she was hidden away from the world among her art and her dollhouses As she got older I think there were some who took advantage of her generosity She gave away millions and millions but was she manipulated by those few who were close to her? Conflicting wills written close together bring her mental state into uestionEMPTY MANSIONS is a well researched blend of American History biography and family drama The audiobook was performed by Kimberly Farr and she did a fantastic job keeping me engaged in Huguette's story It also contained snippets of phone conversations between Huguette and her cousin Paul Clark Newell Jr one of the co authors of this book Overall I enjoyed EMPTY MANSIONS though given how insanely private Huguette Clark was during her life I think she would cringe knowing this book is out there

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Empty Mansions The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American FortuneWhen 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 freuent c Update on September 12 2013 I just received the hardcover and the photographs are amazing Upped my star rating to 5 between the photographs and some other adjustments in the text Book is now released Huguette Clark was born to nearly unimaginable wealth and privilege Her father William A Clark was a copper baron who made several fortunes particularly in mining and railroads booming industries during America's Gilded Age At the time of his death in 1925 he had a huge fortune to leave to his heirs including his youngest child Huguette Marcelle Clark Huguette married once but got divorced after approximately a year She then turned to a very private life far from the social whirl of New York's elite Over time fewer and fewer people heard from her and hardly anyone saw her She lived in a grand apartment on New York's Fifth Ave with her mother an extremely valuable art collection as well as her beloved collection of dolls miniature houses and Stradivarius violins She owned extensive properties including a mansion with an estate in New Canaan CT that she never lived in or furnished and a grand mansion and grounds in Santa Barbara CA Bellosguardo's staff were ordered to keep the estate as close to its original condition as possible although Huguette hadn't visited in decades These extensive properties caught the attention of Bill Dedman a Pulitzer prize winning investigative journalist When looking for his own house he played a game many of us have he started to look at properties that were hopelessly out of his price range This led him to Huguette Clark and her empty mansions and a mystery was she still alive? What was her life like? Why were these estates left empty? In this enthralling book Bill Dedman provides us with the answers he discovered when on his uest to learn about the reclusive Huguette Clark He joins with one of Clark's relatives Paul Clark Newell Jr who had a series of phone conversations with Huguette over a 9 year period beginning in 1995 Newell's personal stories about his conversations with Huguette help a flesh and blood person to emerge from the mystery while Dedman's training as an investigative journalist stands him in good stead as he slowly unravels the history of WA Clark Huguette Clark and the battle over the fortune she left behind when she died on the morning of May 24 2011 at the age of 104 Huguette Clark right c 1917 age approximately 11 with her sister Andrée left and her father William A Clark centerThe first part of Empty Mansions presents William A Clark's life combined with a history of the United States particularly from the end of the Civil War through the mid 1920s Dedman strikes a balance between biography and history providing details of Clark's successful career as an entrepreneur and scandalous career in politics while also provided context regarding the economic history of the time I must admit to my eyes glazing over when I read some passages about the Clarks' incredible wealth particularly descriptions of a New York mansion since demolished that took decadence to a new level Still there are human elements to balance out these lists of possessions and furnishings particularly regarding the sad fate of Huguette's older sister Andrée Dedman and Newell have a wealth of source material concerning W A Clark but after Huguette's divorce she practically falls out of the historical record She kept and to herself enjoying her mother's company occupying herself for a time with her painting and for longer with her collection of dolls and her research into Japanese culture She had enough wealth to keep the world away if that was what she wanted so she turned her New York apartments into fortresses and collected around her a very small group of people whom she trusted Her reclusiveness increased even after her mother's death in 1963As Dedman and Newell delve into Huguette's recent history they consider some disturbing uestions Were her legal and financial advisors taking advantage of her? What kind of mental health was she in? Were her reclusiveness and obsession with dolls simply aspects of her eccentricity or symptoms of mental illness? Was she responsible to make her own financial decisions? view spoilerWhen they discovered she had been living in a NY hospital for 20 years they wondered why she had never been discharged Were the medical staff and her personal nurse using their influence with her to get rich from her gifts to them? hide spoiler

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