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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A sad story for mother and son

The book was written in a way where you understand who Mrs. Astor was and how she portrayed herself to society. You saw a glimpse of how she raised her son and in result saw how he turned out. In the end, I had sympathy for Mrs. Astor and her son; in a way, they brought...
The book was written in a way where you understand who Mrs. Astor was and how she portrayed herself to society. You saw a glimpse of how she raised her son and in result saw how he turned out. In the end, I had sympathy for Mrs. Astor and her son; in a way, they brought this suffering on themselves. They may have been rich but their problems weren't any different from anyone else. I felt that this book was unbiased, the right amount of information without sounding like a gossip column, and a very easy read. One flaw for me throughout the book was the repetition of quotes/lines - it almost felt like deja vu. This is a good book to read if you are interested in taking a little glimpse into what New York high society is like or if you are just relaxing.

posted by NinaCA on September 16, 2009

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Great book....but

I would have purchased the hard copy if I knew that photos would not be available in eBook version.

posted by 3466847 on May 10, 2010

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

    A sad story for mother and son

    The book was written in a way where you understand who Mrs. Astor was and how she portrayed herself to society. You saw a glimpse of how she raised her son and in result saw how he turned out. In the end, I had sympathy for Mrs. Astor and her son; in a way, they brought this suffering on themselves. They may have been rich but their problems weren't any different from anyone else. I felt that this book was unbiased, the right amount of information without sounding like a gossip column, and a very easy read. One flaw for me throughout the book was the repetition of quotes/lines - it almost felt like deja vu. This is a good book to read if you are interested in taking a little glimpse into what New York high society is like or if you are just relaxing.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    Great book....but

    I would have purchased the hard copy if I knew that photos would not be available in eBook version.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Money does not bring happiness..

    Very well written account of a famous family and what people will
    stoop to for money.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    Good read.

    Good book, gives a lot of insight into the life of Brooke Astor and the peopke around her.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    well balanced

    a great read into the lives of the Astor family. the author does a good job of setting forth both sides.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2009

    This is a journey into the life of a woman who lived too long. The story about how Brooke Astor was supported by most of her friends and a few of her family at the end.Also the story about how wealth cannot protect one from lonliness in the end.

    Brooke Astor lived a good and useful life up until almost the end. Then in a fragile state, Mrs. Astor was alost deserted by everyone. She was almost alone. Money could no longer buy any happiness. Her servants were fired by a manipulative son and his wife. She was not surrounded by care givers. Rather by noncaring givers. Fortunately she had a good grandson and some wonderful friends who saved and prolonged her life.

    Mrs. Astor Regrets is a splendid study of a situation that has now found its way to the courts.Meryl Gordon has written a thoroughly fascinating study of Mrs. Astor's end of life situation. The scene is well described through what must have been extensive research and interviews with all the players involved except Mrs. Astor.

    This book takes you into the world of the wealthy and those characters living on the fringes. It is such a socialogical study that reads like a good mystery!

    So I recommend this adventure to all who enjoy the study of society; It's highs and lows. Its customs and all the personalities encountered therein!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Mrs. Astor Regrets...

    Written beautifully and a fast read. The Astor family did so much good it was sad to see how she was treated by her only child. Her friends were her saving grace in the end. Thank you for such a great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    MRS. ASTOR REGRETS

    This is a particularly good book if you want to evaluate the good and evils of wealth. Mrs. Astor surely led the good life with her wealth but once you are up in years you become a target for everyone envious of your wealth and this does not exclude your family members.

    Whether or not she was abused and mistreated, the author has left for you to decide, after reading the facts. Certainly a good book to play the Devil's Advocate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

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    "Money does not buy happiness".

    Mrs. Astor Regrets is an apt title for Meryl Gordon's biography of Brooke Astor, philanthropist and socialite. I highly recommend it. The book conveys straight from the headlines events that led up to the New York high society scandal and indictment of Brooke's only son Anthony "Tony" Marshall, a war hero, former ambassador and Broadway producer, for looting her estate.

    The biography reads like a juicy novel, raised by a status obsessed mother Brooke who married three times, twice to men of tremendous means once for true love turned herself into a social arbiter and philanthropist. Her only son Tony craved his mother's love and acceptance and endured not being liked by Brooke's husbands or by society at large. After loaning his mother and father money from his own trust fund, as the author posits he gave it in an attempt to buy love, he then seemingly succumbs to greed. Tony's resulting actions were brought to light by non other than his own son, Phillip. Tony is currently awaiting sentencing having been found guilty.

    "Money does not buy happiness" though cliché is true. Brooke performed much good through her philanthropy however the underlying lives seem tragic and somehow empty. We can only hope that whomever gains control of the charitable trust (i.e. yet to be determined in a settlement trial once Tony is sentenced) will perform good deeds once again. This is a family drama full of well-known characters you'll immediately recognize. With an epilogue yet to be determined and written about in tomorrow's headlines its a timely book for our times, read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

    Mrs. Astor

    This book was an interesting aspect of Mrs. Astor's famous public life. Unfortunately, towards the end of her life her son and daughter-in-law took advantage of Mrs. Astor's poor health.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Mrs. Astor

    It was interesting to learn just how the rich live, and who's friends with who in "that" world. It was an easy read. It didn't get bogged down with minute details which happens in some biographies. There was enough detail though to keep my interest. Now I want to know how the son has made out with the courts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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