Mrs. Astor Regrets

Mrs. Astor Regrets

The Hidden Betrayals of A Family Beyond Reproach

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 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.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Audio, p2008
ISBN: 9781400160617
Branch Call Number: TB 974.7043 AST NVD
Characteristics: 2 sound discs (14 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Raver, Lorna
Tantor Media


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Oct 22, 2011

The first time I became somewhat familiar with the Astors was after watching the movie Titanic but I can honestly say that reading this biography gave me quite the insight into the life of Brooke Astor, the widow of Vincent Astor, grandson of John Jacob Astor. A well-known New York socialite and philanthropist, Mrs. Astor's 105 years unfold like the rich heroine of a Danielle Steel novel. Her son Tony Marshall is at the center of this family drama, accused of neglect and of stealing large sums of money and valuable possessions from his frail mother. This book is a quick read and a must for biography enthusiasts.

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