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by Nancy Rubin Stuart

eBook American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post epub
  • ISBN: 0679413472
  • Author: Nancy Rubin Stuart
  • Genre: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Villard; 1st edition (January 31, 1995)
  • Pages: 445 pages
  • ePUB size: 1260 kb
  • FB2 size 1480 kb
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Marjorie Merriweather Post (March 15, 1887 – September 12, 1973) was an American businesswoman, socialite, and the owner of General Foods, Inc. She used much of her fortune to collect ar. .

Marjorie Merriweather Post (March 15, 1887 – September 12, 1973) was an American businesswoman, socialite, and the owner of General Foods, Inc. She used much of her fortune to collect art, particularly pre-revolutionary Russian art, much of which is now on display at Hillwood, the museum that was her estate. She is also known for her mansion, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida, which after her death became a resort owned by President Donald Trump.

American Empress is a sweeping history of the dramatic life of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, daughter of breakfast-cereal magnate C. W. Post. As a young girl growing up in the Midwest, Marjorie Post helped glue cereal boxes in her father's barn, later became a board member of his company, wed a diplomat and by late middle age was widely acknowledged as the unofficial "Queen of Washington, . The glamorous and warm-hearted Mrs. Post was also mother to actress Dina Merrill.

American Empress is the best-selling history of the dramatic life of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, the . During the nearly nine decades of her life, the beautiful and vastly wealthy Mrs. Post had four husbands – among them, stockbroker, .

American Empress is the best-selling history of the dramatic life of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, the daughter of breakfast-cereal magnate . Post, founder of the Postum Cereal Company. Hutton and Joseph Davies, ambassador to Soviet Russia under Stalin – built several dazzling mansions, including Palm Beach’s legendary Mar-A-Lago, and sailed the seven seas on her huge yacht, the Sea Cloud.

American Empress is the history of Marjorie Merriweather Post 1887-1973), the cereal-company heiress and socialite who built several mansions, including the Mar-A-Lago at Palm Beach, Florida – now President Donald Trump’s private country club

American Empress is the history of Marjorie Merriweather Post 1887-1973), the cereal-company heiress and socialite who built several mansions, including the Mar-A-Lago at Palm Beach, Florida – now President Donald Trump’s private country club. She inherited a fortune from her father at the age of 27. She was both a lover of luxury and an anonymous generous philanthropist.

Although Marjorie Post's relationships with rich and influential men would have been a tempting organizational principal for any . Citation: Christopher D. Felker.

Although Marjorie Post's relationships with rich and influential men would have been a tempting organizational principal for any biographer, Rubin correctly places her diversity of roles at the center of the book's structure. The book is divided into eight sections of approximately 50-70 pages.

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Heiress Marjorie Post was many things during her long life, but ""empress"" seems an overstatement. Post was one of the wealthiest women in the United States, but her life as described by journalist Rubin is hardly riveting. The most interesting character in this biography is her father, . Post, an ambitious and inventive man who gave us the coffee substitute Postum and Grape Nuts cereal, the products on which the Post fortune was based. AMERICAN EMPRESS: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

A sweeping social history that readers of bestsellers will love, American Empress chronicles the story of Marjorie Merriweather Post--the force behind the growth of General Foods--in an irresistible rags-to-riches saga that captures the age of opulence. 16 pages of photos. Ties in with the A&E documentary "America's Castles" in January and with the 100th anniversary of Post Cereals.
Comments: (7)
Shistus
American Empress is the history of Marjorie Merriweather Post 1887-1973), the cereal-company heiress and socialite who built several mansions, including the Mar-A-Lago at Palm Beach, Florida – now President Donald Trump’s private country club. She inherited a fortune from her father at the age of 27. She was both a lover of luxury and an anonymous generous philanthropist. This is reminiscent of Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby!

This is the story of her life, poise and beauty, husbands and children, the war years, influences, independence, extravagance, business acumen, how she spent her money, and her golden rules of propriety, punctuality, and perfect posture: ‘she would not tolerate a house that was dark, a movie that ended sadly, or a life that was without hope.’

The chapter on the design and construction of Mar-a-Lago is interesting. The chapters about her time in Moscow, as the first ambassadress to Russia, accompanying her third husband Joseph Davies in 1936, are also very interesting – arriving with 50 pieces of hand luggage and 30 trunks!
This semi-biography of Marjorie Merriweather Post presents luxurious frivolousness with serious business sense, and a historical account of the life and times she lived in. It’s an interesting book.
Jack
Well-written and entertaining book about a fascinating woman. However, the kindle transcription seriously deteriorates at times to the point that it's tough to get the gist of the content. For example, on page 301 (of page 382 of the iPad kindle edition) I counted 16 errors, including "iJuwai" instead of "Durant", "WaUis's" for "Wallis's" and "immculioned" for.....Ok, that one defeated me. The kindle version is definitely worth the price (under $5) but the buyer should be prepared for a few strange passages!
Aedem
Be it Gloria Vanderbilt, Barbara Hutton, Doris Duke or Marjorie Merriweather Post, these ladies all put their stamp on the American landscape by making news and living large. In the case of Post, this book managed to flesh out Post while providing a large amount of information about her business acumen and philanthropic efforts. Well researched, while this book focused on the Postum/Post Toasties heiress it also provided a very interesting account of how her father came to find a fortune in cereal and with the Kelloggs managed to put the town of Battle Creek MI on the map as the cereal capitol of the world.
This book managed to knock down a lot of misconceptions I had about Post. She didn't start out life as an indulged heiress despite the fact that her family started out very solidly middle-classed. She was a child of the Midwest born in Springfield IL and raised in Battle Creek. While she was known for her palatial homes as an adult and a livin' large lifestyle which included a lot of husbands, she remembered her roots. She helped a lot of people out and was often quite private when it came to some of her more personal philanthropic efforts. The end result gave me an unexpected liking for woman who was lively, fun and very direct.
I enjoyed this book a lot and appreciated that it was not only a biography of an interesting and influential woman but also a social history of 20th century America.
Frosha
This is a rare glimpse into the life of a privileged woman who spent her money on a life of luxury but also for many philanthropic causes. She always had more money than the men she married which the men couldn’t cope with graciously. Her marriage to Joe Davies who became ambassador to Russia yields some interesting details about the relationship between FDR, Churchill, and Stalin. The comments about Harry Truman are also worth noting. The book is very readable and was well worth the pleasure it gave me, I have the Kindle edition on my iPad. I was disappointed that there were no illustrations, for Google didn’t provide enough, although the images of Mrs. Post were adequate in supporting the claims of her friends that she was very attractive well into her advanced years. If you don’t enjoy reading this book, there’s not much hope for you.
Perongafa
This book is full of interesting information from this time period. It is great to read how the rich lived. I find the pagentry of Marjorie's life was refreshing in the world that no longer shows any measures of it. I found her to be exotic in her buying and her museum type homes. I think she probably was a kind hearted soul. It is amazing how all that money and she couldn't find a happy marriage. A generation long forgotten but should not be. Author wrote a wonderful book, through no fault of his own about 65% percent into my book and there was a series of pages that the spelling was so bad you could hardly make out the word. I think that was a proofreader asleep on the job.I do feel I would go head to head with Marjorie's political beliefs. Especially during the depression when she wanted to have her lavish parties and did so by having them on her luxury yacht while the little people suffered. She still was an amazing women.
Gamba
Wow! Great read! I especially liked her story of living in pre WW ll Russia when her first husband was the US ambassador to Russia. Also surprised to learn her father's (CW Post ) first successful food product was a coffee substitute called "Postum" made from grains. Then came the cereals. Incredible American family success story, Marjorie grew the Post fortune after her father committed suicide, with the foreseeing of the frozen food industry, before the average home even had the ability to store frozen foods. Great stories and historic insight. Highly recommend it!
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