Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach


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Mariner Books
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5.24 X 7.96 X 0.88 inches | 0.76 pounds

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About the Author

MERYL GORDON is a full-time magazine journalist who has written for New York, the New York Times Magazine, Gourmet, Elle, Marie Claire, More, and others. She has profiled such influential figures as Kofi Annan, Mike Bloomberg, and John Kerry, and such stars as Nicole Kidman, Susan Sarandon, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Meryl is the currently the Director of Magazine Writing at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and is covering Anthony Marshall's trial for Vanity Fair.


"With a journalist's eye and a New Yorker's raised eyebrow, 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, author of People of the Book and the Pulitzer prize-winning March

"Meryl Gordon's riveting account of the legendary life and sad final days of Brooke Astor is an American epic. It's all here-- high society, big money, blue blood, family feuds and criminal charges." --Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation and A Long Way From Home

"All of New York loved Brooke Astor-- for her philanthropy, glamour, and Old School style. So everyone was shocked at charges that her only son and his wife had stolen her blind. Meryl Gordon, a meticulous reporter, persuaded all the players to give her interviews: everyone from Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller, to Mrs. Astor's son and wife. In a spellbinding account of "the crime" and the betrayal, Ms. Gordon unwinds the whole saga in a nifty book that reads like a cross between an Edith Wharton classic and a Linda Fairstein crime novel. Except in this case, it's all true. I loved it!" --Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes/CBS News

"So the rich are different: they're sadder. The story of America's ultimate real-life Edith Wharton heroine is inherently fascinating. But Meryl Gordon, by means of extraordinarily thorough reporting and sensitive, un-sensationalist writing, has produced a full-fledged tragedy of manners, a book worthy of the woman whose life it chronicles." --Kurt Andersen, author of Heyday and Turn of the Century

"With a wealth of revealing interviews and diligent reporting, Meryl Gordon has produced an inside account of the saga of Brooke Astor and her son Anthony Marshall. She provides both color and shadings to all sides of the story, turning it from a tabloid tale into a revealing social chronicle." --Walter Isaacson, President & CEO of The Aspen Institute and the author, most recently, of Einstein

"With depth and sensitivity, Meryl Gordon reveals the disquieting story behind the glamour and gaiety of Brooke Astor's life. Part Edith Wharton, part Charles Dickens, Mrs. Astor Regrets is a gripping read, filled with surprising details about the high stakes legal battle that shadowed Astor's final years, and the misunderstandings, betrayals, disappointments and resentments that tore her family apart." --Sally Bedell Smith, author of For Love of Politics: Inside the Clinton White House

"Gordon delivers a balanced, dogged--and ultimately sad--detective account ... Gordon sifts through painstakingly through the extended Astor family history ... [and] in the end, she tells a a sad and moving story." Publishers Weekly --