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Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Newell Clark, Jr.

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune - Paul Clark Newell Jr., Bill Dedman

I have mixed feelings about this book.  Some of the Clark family history was pretty interesting, but most of the focus on Huguette's adult life was not so much.  I felt a bit sad for this woman, who clearly did not cope with change (or life in general) in a very healthy way.  Eventually it felt like I was just reading lists of high-end transactions (and all such a waste of money), and the court battle over her estate was bothersome, to say the least.  Perhaps the book was just too long for what it covered; had it been shorter, it might have been more enjoyable.