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Empty Mansions

The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

Bill Dedman

Step into a portal of American history in this mysterious and enthralling book. Follow Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman as he raises questions about the reclusive heiress Huguette Clark and her $300 million inheritance. Why did this woman choose to live in a hospital room for two decades despite being in excellent health? Who controlled her fortune? Through interviews with Huguette's cousin and family photographs, Dedman reveals a portrait of a woman born into extreme wealth and privilege, who chose a life of privacy and art. Richly illustrated and a No.1 New York Times bestseller, this book is a must-read for history and non-fiction aficionados.
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It’s one of those incredible stories you didn’t know existed, It filled a void.      source
The story of an heiress who inherits a fortune but lives a life of seclusion with almost no contact with the outside world while collecting mansions that go unvisited until she dies at age 104 after living in a hospital for years despite excellent health, setting off an epic battle for her money. Like the Vanderbilt story, it’s a fascinating look at what money does, and doesn’t, do for you.      source