I picked up this book after a trip to Newport, RI. I wanted to know more about the people who built the enormous summer "cottages" by the sea. This book told me all I wanted to know and more. There are bits about most of the "Dollar Princesses" who travelled to England and married into the nobility. The decriptions are vivid and entertaining. Afterward, read The Vanderbilt Women and some of Edith Wharton's novels. Better yet, go to Newport and see where they spent the summer.