- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (January 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031259903X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312599034
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor Hardcover – January 22, 2013
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Fort does justice to the remarkable life of Nancy, Lady Astor, the first woman to be elected as a Member of Parliament. An American divorcée, Nancy Langhorne Shaw burst upon the staid Edwardian scene, parlaying her beauty, wit, and unabashed boldness into one of the most brilliant marriages of the 1906 London season. Capturing both the heart and mind of the immensely wealthy Waldorf Astor, she wowed her adopted country as a hostess, a patroness of the arts, and, eventually, as a politician. Standing for Parliament in 1919, after her MP husband was elevated to the peerage, she remained in the House of Commons for 25 years, reluctantly retiring only when it became sadly evident that this gender-smashing legislator had finally let time and relevant politics pass her by. Though rushing a bit through her postpolitical years, Fort spends ample time introducing his subject, thoroughly grounding her in both late nineteenth-century American history and early twentieth-century British society and politics. --Margaret Flanagan
“‘I am the kind of woman I would run from.' That was how Nancy Astor described herself, yet this society hostess, groundbreaking politician, and sharp-tongued wit was someone you very much want to read about.” ―The Daily Beast
“An entertaining biography of the Virginia belle who crossed the Atlantic--and was soon engaged in conversational combat with the likes of Stalin and Churchill. ” ―Vogue.com
“Admirably brave . . . a marvelous subject for biography. Mr. Fort adds a sober assessment of her political skills, a love of the rich tapestry of her life and a good ear for the anecdotes with which it was filled. ” ―The Wall Street Journal
“Perceptive and lively, sympathetic and honest, "Nancy" embodies the best of popular biography.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Fast-paced, exhaustively detailed, and crisply told . . . Fort's compulsively readable work is an inspiring tale of an energetic woman--far ahead of her time--tirelessly working to pave the way for future generations.” ―Publishers Weekly
“She was brash and had a knack of infuriating people, but she was still the political hostess of the generation. . . . She was assertive to the point of bullying and had a caustic wit--a loose cannon who, in spite of herself, managed to aid the English in their struggle through the Depression and two world wars. . . . A wonderful history of tumultuous times.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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and English hostess in the earlier part of the 20th Century.