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Read ✓ Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach 102 À A riveting look behind the gates of the house of Astor as a famous family falls apart in publicThe fate of Brooke Astor the endearing philanthropist with the storied name has generated worldwide headlines since her grWith such an appealing heroine conjuring up a world so nearly forgotten a realm of lavish wealth and secrets of the sort that have engaged Americans from the era of Edith Wharton to the recent days of Truman Capote and Vanity FairNew York journalist Meryl Gordon has interviewed not only the elite of Brooke Astor’s social circle but also the large staff who cosseted and cared for Mrs Astor during her declining years The result is the be. The title is telling Mrs Astor Regrets is not so much about her fascinating life of people power and position as it is about greed and money substituting for loveHer ability to dispense millions made her powerful and popular and it also made her preyBrooke Astor's son from her first marriage Tony Marshall is a man to be pitied Brooke never wanted him from the start and he was always a reminder to her of her wretched first marriage She could not separate the two And there is poor Tony at eighty three years old still trying desperately to make the world and himself believe that his mother loved himSo in the end he substitutes money for love and tries to make off with millions of his mother's money His third wife Charlene is a detriment to his character and seems to provoke him to unseemly behaviorI found the book fascinating but you must understand; the title clearly tells you that this book will be about 'hidden betrayals of a family beyond reproach not the life of Brooke Astor the socialite though there is some of that as well It is a great picture of how easy it is to always want just a little bit

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Hind the headlines story of the Astor empire’s unraveling filled with never before reported scenes This powerful poignant saga takes the reader inside the gilded gates of an American dynasty to tell of three generations’ worth of longing and missed opportunities Even in this territory of privilege no riches can put things right once they’ve been torn asunder Here is an American epic of the bonds of money morality and social positio. More like 3 12 stars In some ways the book seems like a gossipy inside view of a wealthy family and their troubles I listened to this on CD while cleaning and doing laundry I thought the reader and the book went well togetherI found it to be very interesting and ultimately a very good read because of the lessons to be learned It is actually heartbreaking that Anthony Marshall was mothered the way he was it's sad that a woman who was such an amazing philanthropist helped create a son with complex insecurities and a desire to right the wrongs done to him It's too bad he could not have worked through his issues in a productive way than denying his mother some of the luxuries she was used to in her last years and dishonestly changing her will to benefit him instead of those she wanted to benefit I felt sorry for Charlene and what she must have suffered all those years serving a mother in law who never loved or appreciated her She's not a person who invited sympathy but probably deserved a big doseThis story may have had a happy ending with lots of therapy prayer efforts to improve family relationships and willingness to accept that people can do whatever they want with their money The sense of entitlement many people feel leads to mistakes crime and misery as shown in this bookuite a tragic story My hope for Mr Marshall and his sons is a reconciliation that will help them enjoy peace the remainder of their lives Although I think what Mr Marhsall and his wife did was wrong it would seem to me fair that they have only financial penalties

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Mrs Astor Regrets The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond ReproachA riveting look behind the gates of the house of Astor as a famous family falls apart in publicThe fate of Brooke Astor the endearing philanthropist with the storied name has generated worldwide headlines since her grandson Philip sued his father in 2006 alleging mistreatment of Brooke And shortly after her death in 2007 Anthony Marshall Mrs Astor’s only child was indicted on charges of looting her estate Rarely has there been a story. Fresh on the heels of reading about Huguette Clark and her many millions and even eccentricities in Empty Mansions I decided to read Mrs Astor Regrets I guess I was on a New York society heiresspossible elder abuse kick This reader regrets that Mrs Astor Regrets was actually a bit of a slog I think the problem aside from the fact that Meryl Gordon is a clunky writer is also that she relied too much on the newsworthiness of her subjects and forgot occasionally to tell an interesting story Or maybe this story just isn't that interesting Yes Brooke Astor was among New York's most famous philanthropists and yes she had a fair number of famous friends Barbara Walters Annette de la Renta various Rockefellers But when the book devolves into a he saidshe said about whether or not one of her dachshunds really did or did not urinate on a particular blue couch you know you're bored The people may be famous but the details themselves are often profoundly tedious The other problem is that Meryl Gordon is reverential about the Astor family just because they were rich often seeming to condemn the publicity hungry journalists and members of the public who wanted to infiltrate their supposedly sacrosanct privacy But of course Gordon herself is part of this problem And for all that she tells us there is no great moral to this story unless perhaps it's don't fire most of your 105 year old Alzheimer's stricken mother's staff and pressure her into modifying her will so she'll leave you millions than she was going to in the first place No mostly this is just high society gossip but Gordon treats it as something much profound An that's just silly Finally for all the reverence with which most people talked about Brooke Astor and for all that she clearly did for the Met and the NYPL she actually sounded pretty awful on a personal level