Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor: The Story of Lady Astor by Adrian FortNancy: The Story of Lady Astor: The Story of Lady Astor by Adrian Fort

Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor: The Story of Lady Astor

byAdrian Fort

Paperback | January 21, 2014

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A new biography of Nancy Astor, American socialite and social crusader who blazed a trail through British society amid two World Wars

In 1919, Nancy Astor became the first female Member of Parliament elected to the House of Commons-she was not what had been expected. Far from a virago who had suffered for the cause of female suffrage, Lady Astor was already near the center of the ruling society that had for so long resisted the political upheavals of the early twentieth century, having married into one of the richest families in the world. She wasn't even British, but the daughter of a famous Virginian family, and fiercely proud of her expatriate ancestry. But her moral drive was strong, and she would utilize her position of privilege and influence to blow a bracing American wind into what she regarded as the stuffy corners of British politics.

This account charts Nancy Astor's incredible story, from relative penury in the American South to a world of enormous countryside estates and townhouses, and the most lavish entertainments, peopled by the great figures of the day-Churchill, Chamberlain, FDR, Charlie Chapin, J. M. Barrie, and Lawrence of Arabia were all part of her social circle. But hers was not to be an easy life of power and pure glamour; it was also defined by principles and bravery, war and sacrifice, love, and the most embittered disputes.

With glorious, page-turning brio, Adrian Fort brings to life this restless, controversial American dynamo, an unforgettable woman who left a deep and lasting imprint on the political life of a nation.

ADRIAN FORT was educated at Oxford, where he was a Clarendon Fellow. He practiced as a lawyer and became involved with politics before pursuing a financial career. He has published many articles on financial and economic matters and has broadcast frequently on the radio. His previous books include Prof: The Life and Times of Frederick ...
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Title:Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor: The Story of Lady AstorFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.89 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.89 inPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250042674

ISBN - 13:9781250042675

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Description is erroneous. NA was NOT "first female Member of Parliament elected to the House of Commons" The statement in the description, and repeated in the book is a myth, one that has been debunked a 100 times. Nancy Astor was not first female Member of Parliament elected to the House of Commons. The first woman elected was Constance Markievicz. This can be confirmed by a simple google search; as such, one wonders how it slipped past the editor and publisher. Other than inaccuracies of varying degrees, the book is an overly wordy, boring read about an unpleasant person. This is often glossed over because of the political, social and cultural norms of the time, but anyone who said that African-Americans should be grateful for slavery because it introduced them to Christianity, or that Nazism would solve the problems associated with Communism and the Jews isn't worth the time, or the $1.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This book was everything I had hoped for. I picked it up randomly, having never even heard of the author. Exceeded my expectations.
Date published: 2017-03-26