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Astor : the rise and fall of an American fortune

Summary: "The story of the Astors is a quintessentially American story--of ambition, invention, destruction, and reinvention. From 1783, when German immigrant John Jacob Astor first arrived in the United States, until 2009, when Brooke Astor's son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of defrauding his elderly mother, the Astor name occupied a unique place in American society. The family fortune, first made by a beaver trapping business that grew into an empire, was then amplified by holdings in Manhattan real estate. Over the ensuing generations, Astors ruled Gilded Age New York society and inserted themselves into political and cultural life, but also suffered the most famous loss on the Titanic, one of many shocking and unexpected twists in the family's story. In this unconventional, page-turning historical biography, featuring black-and-white and color photographs, #1 New York Times bestselling authors Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe chronicle the lives of the Astors and explore what the Astor name has come to mean in America--offering a window onto the making of America itself." --

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062964700
  • ISBN: 0062964704
  • Physical Description: print
    322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), genealogical table ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [283]-308) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Part I: Rise. -- New York, 1784 -- Astoria, 1810 -- Massacre Opera House, 1849 -- 840 Fifth Avenue, 1908 -- Waldorf-Astoria, 1928 -- Hever Castle, 1916 -- Part II: Fall. -- Rokeby, 1875 -- Halifax, April 15, 1912 -- Blackwell's Island, 1910 -- Mrs. Astor's Bar, 1910 to 1966 -- Ferncliff, 1952 -- 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
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Genre: Biographies.

Available copies

  • 54 of 63 copies available at Evergreen Indiana. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Syracuse Turkey Creek Township Public Library.


  • 1 current hold with 63 total copies.
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Syracuse Turkey Creek Twp PL - Syracuse BIO ASTOR FAMILY (Text) 50577011253842 Adult Biography Available -

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