Cornelius Vanderbilt

For Architectural Digest, by Melissa Minton. In 1873, Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner dubbed their era the Gilded Age
Historians and economists now stress blind forces over heroic leadership.
When John Morrissey was born in 1831 in Templemore, County Tipperary, the likelihood that in 32 years he would be running an elite race meet in upstate New York was as implausible as a Jules Verne adventure.
For most people around the world, Grand Central Terminal is not so much a train station as a metaphor for directionless mayhem, traffic run amuck, bodies barely dodging one another -- only a miracle can divert a head-on collision of either man or machine.
The good news is, almost everyone in my book is safely tucked away six feet under; but beware the perils of the first time memoirist: not everyone can be dead!
Alfred A Knopf is probably looking down from book heaven, stroking his luxuriant mustaches and smiling with delight at yet another Knopf prize winner.
The demise in succession of three African American figures of colossal stature on the eve of the new decade caused me to wonder anew about this designation, "black royalty."
"We will make her the fashion. You need have no fear." In New York, where the practice of advantageous alliances of one sort