This is a story of money, glamour, and scandal (on the highest level); a story of American society and of European Royalty; a story of family strife exploding into one of the most dramatic and publicized court battles of the century - the battle for a solemn 10-year-old child, "little Gloria" Vanderbilt, who in 1934 was the object of the epic custody suit between her mother, the beautiful and penniless Vanderbilt widow, and her aunt, the famous Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, whose $78 million could buy her anything she wanted. And what she wanted was "little Gloria".
In this book we follow a courtroom drama of sensation after sensation, the judge ultimately banning both public and press, the final scandalous testimony reaching to the heart of the English royal family. For the first time, the thousands of pages of documents and sealed court testimony have been unearthed and explored. Hundreds of people have been interviewed. And a writer completely knowing about society and the period has used all this material to create a compelling narrative of vitality, resonance, and fascination.
©1980 Barbara Goldsmith (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.
I have seldom read a book with so many appalling characters. That such dreadful people had the care of a child makes for very disturbing reading. Goldsmith has expertly detailed the life and tribulations of Little Gloria and her family and, as I didn't know the eventual outcome, every minute was gripping reading. Goldsmith's writing is superb, as is Hendrix's narration.
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