• American Empress

  • The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post
  • By: Nancy Rubin Stuart
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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By: Nancy Rubin Stuart
Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
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American Empress is the best-selling history of the dramatic life of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, daughter of breakfast-cereal magnate C.W. Post, founder of the Postum Cereal Company.

As a girl growing up in the Midwest, young Marjorie Post helped glue cereal boxes in her father’s barn, later sat on the board of directors of her father’s company, wed several times, and by late middle age was widely acknowledged as the “Queen of Washington, DC” because of her friendship with presidents, senators, diplomats, and royalty.

During the nearly nine decades of her life, the beautiful and vastly wealthy Mrs. Post had four husbands - among them stockbroker E.F. Hutton and Joseph Davies, ambassador to Soviet Russia under Stalin - built several glittering mansions, including Palm Beach’s legendary Mar-a-Lago, and sailed the seven seas on her huge yacht, the Sea Cloud.

A glamorous and warm-hearted woman who retained her Midwestern twang and fondness for square dancing, Mrs. Post was also mother to actress Dina Merrill. Throughout her life, she gave generously to hundreds of civic and artistic causes, among them the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Ballet, and the Kennedy Center.

Thanks to her brains, beauty, and vast wealth, Mrs. Post was a woman well ahead of her era, whose natural business acumen created the frozen foods industry and helped transform the Postum Cereal Company into the General Foods Corporation.

A sweeping social history about one of America's most beautiful, wealthy, and generous heiresses, the "Duchess of Washington, DC" and the "Queen of Palm Beach", a friend to the crowned heads of Europe as well as to American presidents, first ladies, senators, and diplomats.

The daughter of breakfast-cereal magnate C.W. Post, Marjorie Post's story traces her rise from her middle-class Midwestern roots to the pinnacle of America's high society. Along the way she married four times, anonymously gave thousands of dollars to widows, students, and soldiers, and earned the respect of hundreds of people for her charity, wit, and charm.

About the author: Nancy Rubin (Stuart) is a best-selling author and journalist who often writes about women and social history. As a journalist, her work has appeared in The New York Times, American History Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and other national publications. Her earlier books include The New Suburban Woman, The Mother Mirror, and Isabella of Castile, for which she won the 1992 Author of the Year Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

©2018 Nancy Rubin Stuart (P)2019 Nancy Rubin Stuart

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Wow what a fantastic story and person

I'm not sure what gripped me more about this story. The fact that Marjorie was such a phenomenal woman or that she was so far ahead of her time. Everything from her business savvy down to her views about female equality are astonishingly progressive for a woman born in the 1800's.

I highly recommend this book

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an interesting life

really enjoyed hearing about this interesting life that has had such an impact on the world. And in a variety of ways. only wish I could have known her.

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American Empress

I found this book fascinating!I had no idea that companies were buying up compainies as early as they were.Marjorie lead quite a life! Lee Ann Howlett did a fine job narrating. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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You will love her. Lovely book.

MMP was an exceptional person. A woman of her time and place she touched many lives in a positive way that still blesses the world today.
History, politics,food, investment and religion are just a few of the interesting topics covered in this book.
The narrator couldn’t have been better.
If you’d like an uplifting listen, this is it.

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Quite a life...

I love reading about "The Golden Age". This book is no exception although, her story goes well beyond. Very well read with no detail left out. Very interesting to hear the history of Mar-a-lago

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Quite pleased!

I’m very happy to have listened to the audiobook version of this book. Marjorie Post sounds like a wonderful lady, a class act. I will look for other titles by this author!

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great book about a truly great woman

I loved everything about this book! the narrator was excellent. I wish I had known Mrs. Post

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Didn’t want it to end

This was a meaningful and inspiring read! MMP lived an extraordinary life and made a lasting impact on so many people and entities.

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A great peek into late 19th and 29th century

The story is educational and we'll written. The delivery was good. The narrator used pauses to single out quoted statements. Very noticeable after several chapters. Otherwise she has a nice voice , good diction, and a smooth delivery.

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History

This book was very well written. The Audible voice was perfect for this book. The history from past to present, from poor to riches was hard work and creativity. Great history lesson. The story of her past, her husbands and her homes was very interesting.

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good book

American Empress is the best-selling history of the dramatic life of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, daughter of breakfast-cereal magnate C.W. Post, founder of the Postum Cereal Company.
good book very interesting