"Meryl Gordon's riveting account of the legendary life and sad final days of Brooke Astor is an American epic. It's all here -- high society, big money, blue blood, family feuds and criminal charges."
— Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation
Ever since Brooke Astor's grandson, Philip Marshall, went to court in July 2006 and accused his father, Tony Marshall, of neglecting Brooke and allowing her to live in squalor, this saga has seized public attention not just from Manhattan to the Bronx but from London to Australia to the South China seas. Meryl Gordon went behind-the-headlines to interview 230 people, many of whom have not spoken to any other reporter, and came away with a treasure trove of anecdotes and exclusive documents.
Brooke Astor died in August 2007 at her country home, Holly Hill, in Westchester, and is buried next to her husband, Vincent Astor, in serene Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. But the ferocious fight over her estate and her legacy continues...