Newport Historical Society will be hosting a virtual book talk with Anderson Cooper on Thursday, November 4 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.

During the talk, Anderson will discuss his new book Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty

Cooper’s new book is a work of narrative history about the rise and fall of an American dynasty—his mother’s family, the Vanderbilts.

Following his talk, Anderson will answer some audience-submitted questions, according to the Newport Historical Society.

To purchase a copy of the book, visit our Museum of Newport History & Shop at 127 Thames Street.

Tickets are $20 per person, or $10 for Newport Historical Society members, and can be purchased here. Advance registration is required.

More About The Book

For most of his life, Anderson Cooper intentionally distanced himself from the Vanderbilt dynasty his mother was born into. But after Gloria Vanderbilt’s death in 2019, Cooper, CNN anchor and New York Times bestselling author, began going through old journals, letters and Vanderbilt family documents his mother had stored away in long-forgotten boxes. Intrigued, he began researching the public and private lives of his ancestors, and when his son Wyatt was born in 2020, decided to write a book to one day help him understand this fascinating branch of his family’s history. The story of the Vanderbilts is an American epic of achievement and excess—a saga of a staggering fortune built and squandered, of high society and salacious scandals, of public fame and private pain.

As both award-winning journalist and great, great, great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who rose from obscurity and died the richest man in America in 1877, Anderson Cooper is uniquely qualified to tell this extraordinary family history. VANDERBILT: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, written with novelist and historian Katherine Howe, chronicles the lives of some of the most remarkable members of this famous and fractured family who re-defined conspicuous consumption.

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