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When the Astors owned New York : blue bloods and grand hotels in a Gilded Age

Author: Justin Kaplan
Publisher: New York, New York : Plume, 2007. ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this anecdotal history, Justin Kaplan brings to life a glittering, bygone age. Endowed with the largest private fortunes of their day, cousins John Jacob Astor IV and William Waldorf Astor vied for primacy in New York society, producing the grandest hotels ever seen in a marriage of ostentation and efficiency that transformed American social behavior. Kaplan exposes it all, taking readers from the 1890s to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: John Jacob Astor; William Waldorf Astor Astor, Viscount; Astor family.; Astor family.; John Jacob Astor; William Waldorf Astor Astor, Viscount
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Justin Kaplan
ISBN: 9780452288584 0452288584
OCLC Number: 148697028
Description: ix, 196 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table ; 21 cm
Contents: The House of Astor --
Town topics --
Inventor and novelist --
Palaces for the people --
"A new thing under the sun" --
After the ball was over --
Aladdin --
"Mine! All mine!" --
Baron Astor of Hever Castle --
End of the line.
Other Titles: Blue bloods and grand hotels in a Gilded Age
Responsibility: Justin Kaplan.
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In this anecdotal history, Justin Kaplan brings to life a glittering, bygone age. Endowed with the largest private fortunes of their day, cousins John Jacob Astor IV and William Waldorf Astor vied for primacy in New York society, producing the grandest hotels ever seen in a marriage of ostentation and efficiency that transformed American social behavior. Kaplan exposes it all, taking readers from the 1890s to the Roaring Twenties in a combination of biography, history, and architectural appreciation.

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