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 Kissem 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 agonistic struggle for self-actualization regardless of wealth or social status.
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 18 mm
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