Mrs. Astor Regrets

Mrs. Astor Regrets

The Hidden Betrayals of A Family Beyond Reproach

Book - 2008
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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 cared for Mrs. Astor during her declining years. The result is the story of the Astor empire's unraveling.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008
ISBN: 9780618893737
Branch Call Number: 974.7043092 GORDON
Characteristics: 320 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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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.

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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