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Mrs. Astor Regrets The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach (Paperback)

Author:  Meryl Gordon
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0547247982
ISBN-13: 9780547247984
Sku: 211410465
Publish Date: 10/1/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  336
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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. Astors 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 Astors social circle but also the large staff who cared for Mrs. Astor during her declining years. The result is the story of the Astor empires unraveling.--From publisher description. *Author: Gordon, Meryl *Subtitle: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach *Publication Date: 2009/10/22 *Number of Pages: 336 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.50
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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, Anthony Marshall, in 2006, alleging mistreatment of Brooke. Shortly after her death in 2007, Anthony was indicted on charges of looting her estate.
 
New York journalist Meryl Gordon has interviewed not only the elite of Mrs. Astor's social circle but also the large staff who cared for her 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 and is filled with secrets of the sort that have engaged Americans from the era of Edith Wharton to the more recent days of Truman Capote.  Even in this territory of privilege, no riches can put things right once they’ve been torn asunder. Mrs. Astor Regrets is an American epic of the bonds of money, morality, and social position.
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In 1953, Brooke Marshall married her third husband, the fabulously wealthy Vincent Astor, in an arrangement that all agreed was financially motivated. The Astors were veritably the royalty of New York, and Mrs. Astor soon became renowned as one of the city's most generous philanthropists. Unfortunately, all of her riches and good works could not buy Brooke Astor a dignified ending, as Meryl Gordon reports in this shocking and thorough investigation of the scandal which ruined the Astor reputation. In 2006, Brooke Astor's grandson Philip sued his own father, Tony, alleging abuse and neglect of the elderly Mrs. Astor. Then, after Astor died in 2007, Tony, her only son, was charged with altering her will and looting her estate. Gordon, who originally reported the story for New York magazine, uses the diaries of Mrs. Astor's caretakers and countless interviews with firsthand sources to document the abuse she suffered at the hands of her son and paint a disturbing portrait of greed and cruelty within one of America's most respected families.

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"[A] sad and moving story of elder abuse."

"[E]vil pours forth in MRS. ASTOR REGRETS, Meryl Gordon's painstakingly detailed narrative...Gordon seems to have left no diary unread, no servant unsolicited, no socialite unturned. Her stamina is remarkable." - Dominique Browning 01/04/2009

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