The Astorsby Lucy Kavaler
Lucy Kavaler's book has never been replaced as the definitive biography of a fabulous dynasty that changed the face of New York City over the course of 200 years. The Astors were the country's first millionaires, owned so much real estate that they became "landlords of New York," established society's "400," and entered the British nobility. Their exciting lives contain the plots of half a dozen novels, with power struggles, rivalries, marital strife, passions, and scandals. The chapter, "The Richest Man on the Titanic," gives a new perspective on the tragedy.
Reviewers have cited the historical accuracy, and have called this book "wonderfully entertaining," and "a Horatio Alger story for the very adult reader."
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I really enjoyed 'The Astors,' because it not only is filled with fascinating stories, but actually brings the reader right into the minds and characters of members of this famous family.They were incredible people and they lived incredible lives, and took part in major historic events.I was particularly touched by the Astor who went down on the 'Titanic,' after urging his pregnant young wife into a lifeboat. I was also impressed by the amazing woman, known as 'the' Mrs. Astor, who founded the '400' and 'high society,' despite a philandering husband and scandalous daughter.The book is well written and lively.It has so many memorable anecdotes and stories that it reads as if it were a novel.Discovering the Astor family brought me a lot of pleasure. I found it hard to put down this book.