Astor - Anderson Cooper & Katherine Howe


By Anderson Cooper & Katherine Howe

  • Release Date: 2023-09-19
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 256 Ratings


A NPR Best Book of the Year

The number one New York Times bestselling authors of Vanderbilt return with another riveting history of a legendary American family, the Astors, and how they built and lavished their fortune.

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.


  • Astor

    By Bibi Cakes1
    Very odd book. It did not focus enough on the Astor family.
  • It was OK

    By 213MAM
    A bit superficial
  • Excellent reading!

    By Mommy's Night Out
    A very good read of history, place, people and time that feels relevant to 2023. What I would give to be a fly on THE Mrs. Astor’s wall!
  • Loved!

    By Colleen85928592
    I loved this book - I hope they write another book on the styvusant family next!
  • Enjoyed

    By Luv4 chico
    I’ve always had a baffling fascination with the gilded age and American history. I learned a lot about the Astors that I did not know.