Astor: The Rise and Fall of an American Fortune

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6.34 X 9.23 X 1.16 inches | 1.24 pounds

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About the Author
Katherine Howe is the author of The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs and the New York Times bestsellers The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and The House of Velvet and Glass, as well as the young adult novels Conversion and The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen. She served as editor of The Penguin Book of Witches, and her fiction has been translated into over twenty languages. Descended from three women who were tried for witchcraft in Salem, she and her family live in New England and New York City.

Anderson Cooper is an anchor at CNN and a correspondent for CBS's 60 Minutes. He has won twenty Emmys and numerous other major journalism awards. Cooper is the author of the New York Times bestseller Astor (with Katherine Howe) and three number one New York Times bestsellers: The Rainbow Comes and Goes, Dispatches from the Edge, and Vanderbilt (with Katherine Howe). He lives in New York with his two sons.


"A lively, well-written and satisfyingly detailed account of the family that came to own New York. . . . Astor provides a fascinating history of the city, from the populist riots in 1849 stirred up by a production of Macbeth at the Astor Opera House to the gay scene that thrived for decades in the bar of the Astor Hotel that once stood on Broadway at 44th Street." -- Wall Street Journal

"A must-read. . . . Cooper and Howe dig into one of the United States' most influential families and a parable of capitalism, commerce, and greed that established an American way of life." -- Entertainment Weekly

"A rich history about the ways in which the very name of the mega-rich weakens through ubiquity and hubris." -- Chicago Tribune

"A worthy companion to superstar journalist Cooper's and novelist Howe's bestselling account of Cooper's own family, Vanderbilt. Once again, the authors offer an engaging, multigenerational story that is factual and nuanced. . . . Another nonfiction winner from the duo." -- Booklist (starred review)

"This meticulously detailed family saga is also rich with insight into U.S. history, including revealing chapters on topics ranging from mid-19th-century populist sentiments concerning Shakespeare (the Astor Opera House staged a performance of Macbeth that was widely reviled for its high ticket price) and the early 20th-century gay scene (when the Astor Hotel became a queer rendezvous spot). History buffs and readers fascinated by the rich and famous should take note." -- Publishers Weekly

"A brisk, entertaining history of the Astors, a storied dynasty that left an indelible mark on New York's streets, parks, museums, libraries, hotels, and a famous gay bar. . . . A spirited saga of glitz and greed." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Splendid. . . . haunting and beautifully written. . . . This is a terrific book." -- Washington Post on Vanderbilt

"An incredible story." -- People on Vanderbilt

"A dramatic tale expertly told of rapacious ambition, decadent excess, and covert and overt tyranny and trauma. . . . With resplendent detail, the authors capture the gasp-eliciting extravagance of the Vanderbilt Gilded Age mansions. . . . With its intrinsic empathy and in-depth profiles of women, this is a distinctly intimate, insightful, and engrossing chronicle of an archetypal, self-consuming American dynasty. . . . Irresistible." -- Booklist (starred review) on Vanderbilt

"Marked by meticulous research and deep emotional insight, this is a memorable chronicle of American royalty." -- Publishers Weekly on Vanderbilt