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Lady on the Hill: How Biltmore Estate Became an American Icon

Lady on the Hill George Vanderbilt's "Gilded Age" Biltmore Estate, near Asheville, North Carolina, is the nation's largest private residence. However, it was once a terrible financial drain--banker David Rockefeller called it a "white elephant"--and no one gave its future a chance. Lady on the Hill is the remarkable account of how Vanderbilt's grandson, William A.

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