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Astor : the rise and fall of an American fortune

Cooper, Anderson (author.). Howe, Katherine, (author.).

Summary: The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Vanderbilt return with another riveting history of a legendary American family. The story of the Astors is an extraordinary but true tale of ambition, invention, destruction, and reinvention - and of cunning, determination, hard work, hubris, infighting, and greed. One of the wealthiest men to have ever lived, John Jacob Astor arrived in New York in 1783 and a built a fortune through a ruthless expansion of his beaver-trapping business, which he grew into an empire through real estate that enriched him at the expense of Manhattan's poorest residents. In later generations, Astors ruled Gilded Age New York society - Caroline Schermerhorn Astor essentially invented it - and got into the hospitality business with the legendary Waldorf-Astoria hotel, among others. Yet for all their unimaginable success, the Astors also endured crushing tragedy and reversals of fortune. John Jacob IV perished in the Titanic disaster, its most famous victim. His cousin William Waldorf Astor renounced the United States. Rifts would split siblings and pit cousins against one another, legal battles would create irreparable divides, and mansions would be built and razed, or fall into disrepair. By 2009, when Brooke Astor's son was convicted of defrauding his elderly mother - who had herself married into the family for money - the Astor dynasty was effectively over. In this unconventional, page-turning historical biography, featuring black-and-white and color photographs, Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe chronicle the lives of the Astors and offer a window onto the making of America itself. --

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  • ISBN: 0062964704
  • ISBN: 9780062964700
  • Physical Description: ix, 322 pages, 16 leaves of plates : genealogical table, illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: New York, 1784 -- Astoria, 1810 -- Massacre Opera House, 1849 -- 850 Fifth Avenue, 1908 -- Waldorf-Astoria, 1928 -- Hever Castle, 1916 -- Rokeby, 1875 -- Halifax, April 15, 1912 -- Blackwell's Island, 1910 -- Mrs. Astor's Bar, 1910 to 1966 -- Ferncliff, 1952 -- The last Astor, 2013 -- Epilogue.
Subject: Astor family
Astor, John Jacob 1763-1848 Family
Astor, Brooke Family
Upper class United States Biography
New York (N.Y.) Biography
Genre: Biographies.

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Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity 338 COO 2023 (Text) 31001101901198 Adult Non Fiction Checked Out 12/02/2023

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