Mrs. Astor Regrets

Mrs. Astor Regrets

The Hidden Betrayals of A Family Beyond Reproach

Book - 2008
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A riveting look behind the gates of the house of Astor as a famous family falls apart in public

The fate of Brooke Astor, the endearing philanthropist with the storied name, has generated worldwide headlines since her grandson Philip sued his father in 2006, alleging mistreatment of Brooke. And shortly after her death in 2007, Anthony Marshall, Mrs. Astor's only child, was indicted on charges of looting her estate. Rarely has there been a story with such an appealing heroine, conjuring up a world so nearly forgotten: a realm of lavish wealth and secrets of the sort that have engaged Americans from the era of Edith Wharton to the more recent days of Truman Capote and Vanity Fair.

New York journalist Meryl Gordon has interviewed not only the elite of Brooke Astor's social circle, but also the large staff who cosseted and cared for Mrs. Astor during her declining years. The result is the behind-the-headlines story of the Astor empire's unraveling, filled with never-before-reported scenes. This powerful, poignant saga takes the reader inside the gilded gates of an American dynasty to tell of three generations' worth of longing and missed opportunities.Even in this territory of privilege, no riches can put things right once they've been torn asunder. Here is an American epic of the bonds of money, morality, and social position.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008
ISBN: 9780618893737
0618893733
Characteristics: 320 p. : ill

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grandmachrissy
Aug 21, 2015

I enjoyed this book and all its ups and downs. I guess even the wealthy can have major family issues. I thought that the life that Brooke had was very interesting and felt she handled the Astor money well.

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Winnipeg1
May 24, 2011

Ok, but it just doesn't break my heart when gazillionaires get ripped off. No honour among thieves in this book, the story of a dynasty revealed. Can be skimmed.

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