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
"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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My time would have been better spent reading the funny paper.
Not by this author. I can't waiting to get to the meat. It never happened. This is a surface only book.
"THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN YEARS"
Top of the list. I even enjoyed it the 4th and 5th times I listened and shall listen again as well
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.
Her voice and talent are sublime.
Yes... when they pronounce her son and Miss Piggy GUILTY
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.
"Poignant recollection of a life lived"
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.
"Rich People Voyeurism . . ."
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.
"Ended too soon"
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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