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10 thoughts on “When the Astors Owned New York

  1. says:

    This guy won a Pulitzer for his biography on Mark Twain, and obviously he decided to cash in on that prize and write a book just substantial enough to be reviewed by a few friendly authors and then dropped into a bookstore with a minimum of effort and research I do, though, finally feel like I understand the impenetrable Astor family dynasty the genealogy chart at the beginning certainly helped Though Melville said John Jacob Astor s name rings like unto bullion, he was born to a butcher i This guy won a Pulitzer for his biography on Mark Twain, and obviously he decided to cash in on that prize and write a book just subst...


  2. says:

    I m a historical voyeur I enjoy looking back and seeing the way that people used to live in all walks of life And of course a peak into the uber rich s lifestyle is always interesting That is what drew my attention to this book.If you re interested in historical New York hotels, why they were built, why they were destroyed, and a very little detail about the goings ons in them back in the day, this ...


  3. says:

    I read this in conjunction with the first two books of The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen, in an effort to read both nonfiction and historical fiction about the same time period It was very interesting This book focuses on the lives of John Jacob Astor IV and his cousin, William Waldorf Astor, in the late 1800 s to early 1900 s It specifically targeted the grand hotels that they created Waldorf Astoria, New Netherland, St Regis, etc but also on their personal and social lives It s a quick I read this in c...


  4. says:

    I was disappionted in the lack of history about the Astors It wasabout their hotels than anything The last chapter talks about what happened to the hotels houses the Astors owned and not what happened to the Astors The sen...


  5. says:

    This book seems to lack focus It centers around just two Astors, not on the whole family as the title would suggest It seems to want to focus on the hotels that John Jacob Astor IV and William Waldorf Astoria built and maintained, but the author jumps from describing a hotel belonging to the Astors to describing one of the Astors mentioned above to talking about hotels built in Florida that were also extravagant to talking about a party that was held at the Waldorf Astoria It was difficult to This book seems to lack focus It centers around just two Astors, not on the whole family as the title would suggest It seems to want to focus on the hotels that John Jacob Astor IV and William Waldorf Astoria built and maintained, but the author jumps from describing a hotel belonging to the Astors to describing one of the Astors mentioned above to talking about hotels built in Florida that were also extravaga...


  6. says:

    Much to my family s annoyance, I read this on vacation and intermittently shared what I was learning about the Astors They politely nodded and resumed applications of sunscreen Author Justin Kaplan manages here to provide just enough entertaining details to make the book an engaging read straight through to the end The Astors created a paradigm shift in innkeeping, leading to today s entire spectrum of hotels from the Super 8 Motel 6 Red Roof La Quinta No Assembly Required genre along the Much to my family s annoyance, I read this on vacation and intermittently shared what I was learning about the Astors They politely nodded and resumed applications of sunscreen Author Justin Kaplan manages here to provide just enough entertaining details to make the book an engaging read straight through to the end The Astors created a paradigm shift in innkeeping, leading to today s entire spectrum of hotels from the Super 8 Motel 6 Red Roof La Quinta No Assembly Required genre along the interstate to the mints on the pillow five star deals Kaplan s book traces th...


  7. says:

    Lots of interesting information However, the names are confusing which is hardly the writer s fault because apparently every new heir was given the same or similar name is the original Astor Also, the chronology is bit off because it keeps going back to the same years in each different chapter to discuss the time in different ways so you...


  8. says:

    The Astor fortune was made in fur trading and augmented by real estate Fourth generation cousins William Waldorf Astor and John Jacob Astor III were essentially hoteliers, building ever grander hotels in Manhattan The cousins disliked one another JJA perished on the Titanic William disliked the U...


  9. says:

    I am at page 75 and bored out of my mind who knew someone could make the Astors boring Thus far, the book lacks a point of view and is merely a dry recitation of facts and quotes about the Astors I am giving it another 25 or 30 pages before I throw in the towel Well,...


  10. says:

    The first chapter of this book leads the reader to believe it will be an interesting and alltogether different take on the Astors and the superrich at the turn of the century Yet, it turns out to be a trite and rather boring rendition of the same old dusty facts.


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When the Astors Owned New York This Newest Book By Pulitzer Prize Winner Justin Kaplan Is A Sparkling Combination Of Biography, Social History, Architectural Appreciation, And Pure Pleasure Endowed With The Largest Private Fortunes Of Their Day, Two Heirs Of Arch Capitalist John Jacob Astor Battled With Each Other For Social Primacy William Waldorf Astor Born 1848 And His Cousin John Jacob Astor IV Born 1864 Led Incomparably Privileged Lives In The Blaze Of Public Attention Novelist, Sportsman, And Inventor, John Jacob Went Down With The Titanic, After Turbulent Marital Adventures And Service In The Spanish American War Collector Of Art, Antiquities, And Stately Homes, William Waldorf Became A British Subject And Acquired The Title Of Viscount AstorIn New York During The 1890s And After, The Two Feuding Astors Built Monumental Grand Hotels, Chief Among Them The Original Waldorf Astoria On Lower Fifth Avenue The Astor Hotels Transformed Social Behavior Home Of The Chafing Dish And The Velvet Rope, The Waldorf Astoria Drew The Rich, Famous, And Fashionable It Was The Setting For The Most Notorious Society Event Of The Era A Costume Extravaganza Put On By Its Hosts During A Time Of Widespread Need And Unemployment The Celebrity Packed Lobbies, Public Rooms, Lavish Suites, And Exclusive Restaurants Of The Grand Hotels Became Distinctive Theaters Of Modern Life.

  • Hardcover
  • 181 pages
  • When the Astors Owned New York
  • Justin Kaplan
  • English
  • 11 September 2017
  • 0670037699

About the Author: Justin Kaplan

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