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When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age

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In this marvelous anecdotal history, Justin Kaplan––Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Mark Twain––vividly 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 in exquisite detail, taking readers from the 1890s to the Roaring Twenties in a combination of biography, history, architectural appreciation, and pure reading pleasure

 

Synopsis:

This newest book by Pulitzer Prize winner Kaplan is a sparkling combination of biography, social history, architectural appreciation, and pure pleasure, as he looks at the Astor familys dynasty and its contributions to the city of New York.

About the Author

Justin Kaplan won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his biography Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain. His Walt Whitman: A Life also won the National Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452288584
Author:
Kaplan, Justin
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Gilded Age
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page b/w photo insert
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.42x5.56x.50 in. .47 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Business » History and Biographies
History and Social Science » American Studies » Pre World War I
History and Social Science » Americana » New York
History and Social Science » Americana » Northeast
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History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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