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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (694 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meryl Gordon Narrator: Lorna Rave Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Meryl Gordon weaves a web of fine detail into an enthralling, enraging story of Mrs. Astor’s failing years. There are characters here that no novelist would ever dare to invent, and the plot has more twists than a pretzel. This is a sometimes heartbreaking story of greed and betrayal, but also one of loyalty, love, and ultimate redemption.”

    Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March

  • “A riveting look behind the gates of the house of Astor…Here is an American epic”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “In the end, Gordon tells a sad and moving story.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sara | 2/17/2014

    " Good ol' NYC gossip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elaine | 2/8/2014

    " The story of the family of Mrs. Brooke Astor, a New York philanthropist who died at the age of 105. Her only son was charged with misuse of her money and lack of proper guardianship, and care the year before she died. Very interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vikki | 2/1/2014

    " This is what happened in the lawsuits but also in her real life. This went hand in hand with The Last Mrs. Astor. Her son Tony Marshall and his wife Charlene were not nice. It stated that Brooke was a narcissist. I'm not sure I agree with that but interesting comment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Peg | 1/31/2014

    " After reading to page 140 I realized I disliked everyone in this book, including the author. Goodbye, dysfunctional family and author! "

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About the Author

Meryl Gordon is the author of Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Approach. She is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and New York magazine, and is the director of Magazine Writing at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. A native of Rochester, New York, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, she lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her husband, Walter Shapiro.