Tuesday, October 5, 2021

THE VANDERBILT FAMILY by Anderson Cooper

THE VANDERBILT FAMILY by Anderson Cooper



New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with New York Times bestselling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty—his mother’s family, the Vanderbilts.

When eleven-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father’s small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the nineteenth century, no one could have imagined that one day he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empires—one in shipping and another in railroads—that would make him the richest man in America. His staggering fortune was fought over by his heirs after his death in 1877, sowing familial discord that would never fully heal. Though his son Billy doubled the money left by “the Commodore,” subsequent generations competed to find new and ever more extraordinary ways of spending it. By 2018, when the last Vanderbilt was forced out of The Breakers—the seventy-room summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island, that Cornelius’s grandson and namesake had built—the family would have been unrecognizable to the tycoon who started it all.

Now, the Commodore’s great-great-great-grandson Anderson Cooper, joins with historian Katherine Howe to explore the story of his legendary family and their outsized influence. Cooper and Howe breathe life into the ancestors who built the family’s empire, basked in the Commodore’s wealth, hosted lavish galas, and became synonymous with unfettered American capitalism and high society. Moving from the hardscrabble wharves of old Manhattan to the lavish drawing rooms of Gilded Age Fifth Avenue, from the ornate summer palaces of Newport to the courts of Europe, and all the way to modern-day New York, Cooper and Howe wryly recount the triumphs and tragedies of an American dynasty unlike any other.

Written with a unique insider’s viewpoint, this is a rollicking, quintessentially American history as remarkable as the family it so vividly captures.


In his new book, CNN anchor and "60 Minutes" correspondent Anderson Cooper tells the story of the Vanderbilt family dynasty – from his great-great-great-grandfather, Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt, once the richest man in America who built his fortune through steamships and railroads, to his mother, socialite Gloria Vanderbilt.

Cooper talks with correspondent Mo Rocca about how the wealth and privilege in his family tree marked succeeding generations. CBS Sunday Morning 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Buffer Brothers: Crazy True Life Story Of Bruce And Michael Buffer



In case you fight fans didn't know, Michael Buffer is a famous boxing & wrestling ring announcer who is 'world-renowned' for his trademarked catchphrase, "Let's get ready to rumble!"

What makes this story even more intriguing is that his younger half-brother — Bruce Buffer — is a popular mixed martial arts octagon announcer who also has a signature catchphrase, "It's time!"



MICHAEL BUFFER
&
BRUCE BUFFER

THE BUFFER BROTHERS



Soledad O'Brien sits down with the enterprising duo to learn more about their inspiring story, and how it led to the birth of the Buffer Partnership. Real Sports debuts Tues., May 20 at 10pm ET/PT on HBO. 


"IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT'S...TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME!"
-vs-
"LUUUH-ets GET RRREADY TO RUMMM-BULLL!"


“The feeling that overtook me was (A) I’m a big fan of his work and a fan of what he does, but (B) this is my blood. This is my brother. I’m hit by a kind of double whammy. It was a wonderful night. I was just so happy we all got along.”

For much of their lives, Michael Buffer and Bruce Buffer led separate existences -- Michael with his foster parents, Bruce with his birth parents -- connected and unconnected, as intertwined and radically different as boxing and UFC.
 
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