When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed a grand home unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled upon a surprising portal into American history.
Empty Mansions explores a rich American mystery that connects nineteenth-century opulence with a twenty-first-century battle over millions. At the book’s heart lies 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. 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? Explore Huguette Clark’s family tree
Richly illustrated with more than seventy photographs, Empty Mansions expertly details an enthralling story of a unique eccentric, who lived life on her own terms.Buy Empty Mansions
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