The Weekly Standard in a review so insightful that it might almost prompt liberals to subscribe described the book as “a fascinating story of the problems that bedevil all the most interesting families: mismatched kinship and thwarted affection.” (Alas, most of the Judy Bachrach review requires a subscription to the conservative magazine).
The Associated Press in a review that was published in many newspapers talked about Meryl Gordon’s “remarkable amount of access” and said that the interviews provide “an enthralling and rare look” at this blue-blood family in turmoil.
The New York Times in a daily review by Janet Maslin declared that “Ms. Gordon walks her readers through a schadenfreude-filled wonderland.”
The Washington Post described this “painstakingly researched account” as “riveting.” (Earlier, People magazine used the same Rosie the Riveter adjective in recommending Mrs. Astor Regrets). There is also a Washington Post podcast interview with Meryl Gordon.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune review talked about Meryl Gordon’s “elegant familiarity” with a family “as royal as the ancient Greeks, but not as remote.”
Sandra McElwaine began her Washington Times review by calling the book, “A saga about sex, avarice, jealousy, betrayal, infidelity, alcoholism, social position, gossip, power, vanity and ultimately money – lots of it.”
And finally Newsday in a balanced review said that “Gordon is an excellent reporter, and she presents every angle and every player’s back story in this sad saga about `money substituting for love.'”