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Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach | [Meryl Gordon]

Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach

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.
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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 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 listener 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.

©2008 Meryl Gordon; (P)2009 Tantor

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"Juicy account of a shocking scandal." (Kirkus Starred Review)
"Ms. Gordon walks her readers through a schadenfreude-filled wonderland." (New York Times)

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    This book was both fascinating and heartbreaking. It is the story of a family who had so much, wealth, prestige, privilege. Yet in spite of it all the things that really matter in life were squandered. It gives you a look inside the life of one of New Yorks greatest Philanthropists. How now woman's desire to do so much good for others, led to bitterness, and estrangement within her own family. You will not easily put this book down once you begin reading.

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    Teadrinker Oak Ridge, NJ, United States 04-12-15
    Teadrinker Oak Ridge, NJ, United States 04-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    It's a powerful genre, wanting to read gossip about how the rich are, deep down inside, just like us. I listened to this book thinking "good, I get to see rich people having trouble due to having so much money" but ended it feeling sad and sorry for all of them. None of them deserved what they got. I guess it's more of a curse than a gift.

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    "THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN YEARS"
    Where does Mrs. Astor Regrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of the list. I even enjoyed it the 4th and 5th times I listened and shall listen again as well


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mrs. Astor Regrets?

    When the gold digger Charlene otherwise known as Miss Piggy is exposed to the world for who she is and what she did...too bad they couldn't give her the jail time she so RICHLY deserves. She is GREED personified and now the world will know the facts.


    What about Lorna Raver’s performance did you like?

    Her voice and talent are sublime.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes... when they pronounce her son and Miss Piggy GUILTY


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    I fell in love with Mrs Astor and her staff and I ADORE Mrs De La Renta who is a true friend and a class act.

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    It was an interesting and sad story of a family with little love. Wished the end would have included the trial and how the will was distributed

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