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Astor: The Rise and Fall of an American Fortune

Astor: The Rise and Fall of an American Fortune

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The number one New York Times bestselling authors of Vanderbilt return with another riveting history of a legendary American family, the Astors, and how they built and lavished their fortune.

The story of the Astors is a quintessentially American story--of ambition, invention, destruction, and reinvention.

From 1783, when German immigrant John Jacob Astor first arrived in the United States, until 2009, when Brooke Astor's son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of defrauding his elderly mother, the Astor name occupied a unique place in American society.

The family fortune, first made by a beaver trapping business that grew into an empire, was then amplified by holdings in Manhattan real estate. Over the ensuing generations, Astors ruled Gilded Age New York society and inserted themselves into political and cultural life, but also suffered the most famous loss on the Titanic, one of many shocking and unexpected twists in the family's story.

In this unconventional, page-turning historical biography, featuring black-and-white and color photographs, #1 New York Times bestselling authors Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe chronicle the lives of the Astors and explore what the Astor name has come to mean in America--offering a window onto the making of America itself.

Author: Anderson Cooper, Katherine Howe
Publisher: Harper
Published: 09/19/2023
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.24lbs
Size: 9.23h x 6.34w x 1.16d
ISBN: 9780062964700

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 04/01/2023 pg. 14
Publishers Weekly 07/31/2023
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2023
Booklist 08/01/2023 pg. 16
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