Book Review: Waldorf Astoria (Images of America); Kindle Edition; Written by William Alan Morrison; Published by Arcadia Publishing; Illustrated Edition (April 14 2014)
Legendary. Opulent. Majestic. Luxurious...
These are only mere words that came to my mind when reading about the Waldorf Astoria. Everything connected to that name is larger than life: the Astor family feud, hotel size, artwork, ornate architecture and lavish décor within its walls, flamboyant social affairs and soirees and much, much more.
I acquired this book via Kindle Unlimited on August 24, 2021 and it was such an interesting read, I read it whenever I had spare time on my hands, deeply enthralled with the contents.
The author was very thorough in his rendition of the legendary hotel, commencing from it's birth to present day. His descriptions were very detailed and I felt like I was right there- in the Gilded Age in New York, viewing the surroundings with my own eyes. I was transported back in time and journeyed forward to the present in graphic detail, all the while taking in the ups and downs of this legendary infrastructure that was born, died and re-born again. It was first located on Fifth and 33rd Street then it found a home on Park Avenue where it continues to stand in all its majestic glory.
The detailed writing accompanied by the detailed photos combined to convey a thorough enactment of the hotel's riveting history. I perused the photos with great interest and it clarified the writing even more. It was such a pleasure to especially see the older photos. I felt as though I had stepped into a different time and I lost myself with each turn of the page.
I can best describe the book as a sweeping, factual saga. It is fascinating to read about such a legendary hotel and the important figures that were connected to it, knowing that everything reported in the book is true. It mesmerized me. I learned so much about the Waldorf Astoria I walked away very satisfied having read the book. It is a very thorough account with no stone left unturned.
If you interested in reading about the Waldorf Astoria, I highly recommend this book. I have nothing but praise for the author. (I know, I am gushing at this point). I tried not to give too much away in my review as each tidbit of information I learned added to my reading excitement.
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Book Review: "Waldorf Astoria (Images of America)" written by William Alan Morrison.
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