Even after a hundred years, New York's 400 Families continue to captivate readers. This book brings to life this extraordinary era, from the people and their delicious scandals to their extravagant palaces and opulent balls--a time when Mrs. Astor
held sway, the Vanderbilts
rebuilt society, and New York was the most glamorous, most envied, and most condemned city in America.
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John Jacob Astor, the first of many men to bear the name, made a fortune in the fur trade and expanded it vastly with real estate holdings in Manhattan.