American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post
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American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post

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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...more
Paperback, 484 pages
Published January 4th 2004 by iUniverse Star (first published 1995)
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Tammy Mannarino
In honor of a very fun "girl trip" to Hillwood!
Ethnea Ferguson
I almost gave this a 3 - BUT - in 484 pages, the book - which is supposed to be about the first woman to serve on a corporate board of directors and supposedly has a keen business acumen - only mentions one single business decision - (no spoiler)- does not go into any corporate decisions or controversies - never mentions what contributions this supposed "business acumen" made to General Foods - however - does describe in lengthly detail one of her husbands service as ambassador to Russia and his...more
I will never eat Grape Nuts again without thinking about Marjorie Merriweather Post. To say this book was engrossing really doesn't do it justice. I expected the typical gossipy, socialite biography of one of the wealthiest women in the 20th century (and I wasn't disappointed), but it was so much more. Nancy Rubin Stuart does an amazing job of painting a sweeping, panoramic view of American Midwestern life and the burgeoning industrialization of the United States. She puts Post's family fortune...more
Cynthia Haggard
Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973) led a long and interesting life that encompassed two world wars, three daughters and four marriages. I generally do not enjoy reading biography as too often it can be a dry recital of the trivia of someone’s life, but I have to say that Nancy Rubin in her biography of Mrs. Post, titled AMERICAN EMPRESS, has done a wonderful job in making it interesting. There was much I did not know about Mrs. Post. I didn’t realize that she grew up in Battle Creek Michigan...more
Jun 09, 2011 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Margaret by: My mother-in-law
I received a tune up on my American history and politics from World War 1 until the 1980's as I followed this fascinating woman's life. Starting out helping her father glue stickers on Postum in their garage, she rose to the top levels of influence and access aided by the money from Post cereals and the force of her determined personality. She traveled the world and met people in the highest levels of power both here and abroad. From an early age used her money and influence for the greater good...more
Mrs. Scott
A terrific book about a remarkable woman.
Enjoyed reading this biography; I've toured her mansion/museum in DC a few times and just think that era is very interesting. The book starts with some background of her parents and takes the reader to Marjorie's end. She was certainly a woman of much success and gave a lot back to communities, people and causes.
Enjoyed this book a great deal, was interested in it as a resul of visiting Hillwood with my aunt years ago.. Beautiful collections of Faberge eggs and entertaining space and pantries that were awesome. It was interesting o learn more about her 4 husbands and her relationships with her children and step-children.
I read this book in preparation for a tour of Hillwood, Ms Post's DC estate. I thoroughly enjoyed the story of her life although the writing was average at best. Marjorie Meriweather Post was an incredible woman and anyone visiting DC should tour her fabulous home and gardens
I'm on page 218 of 445 of American Empress: beginning of chapter 18.

Did not finish. Majorie Merriweather Post is interesting, but not someone to emulate. She did many generous things, but her life also centered around material things.
Excellent Biograsphy of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Well written and easy to read. Throughly enjoyed the history, detail and story of the socialite and businesswoman.

Fascinating! Thought this book might end up being a piece of fluff but it provided a lot of very interesting info about this amazing woman and her times.
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I loved this book so much. It's a really fascinating and inspiring story of an incredible woman. It makes me even prouder and happier to work where I do!
L Nelson
Interesting Biography of a woman who led an incredible life. Got bogged down in detail but I found her to be an interesting character.
Theresa Romano-ross
Amazing to read a historical piece that truly made me feel like I was wearing the clothes, traveling to the places and seeing the sights!
Fantastic biography! I can't read fast enough. What an amazing woman! Riveting.
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