The Vanity Fair Diaries: Power, Wealth, Celebrity, and Dreams: My Years at the Magazine That Defined a Decade

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Author: Brown, Tina

Brand: Picador USA

Edition: Reprint

Number Of Pages: 448

Release Date: 30-10-2018

Details: Product Description Named one of the best books of 2017 by Time, People, Amazon.com, The Guardian, Paste Magazine, & Vogue Tina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. Today they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and dash and power brokering of the Excessive Eighties in New York and Hollywood. The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her twenties who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue, and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding. In the face of rampant skepticism, she triumphantly reinvents a failing magazine. Here are the inside stories of Vanity Fair scoops and covers that sold millions―the Reagan kiss, the meltdown of Princess Diana's marriage to Prince Charles, the sensational Annie Leibovitz cover of a gloriously pregnant, naked Demi Moore. In the diary's cinematic pages, the drama, the comedy, and the struggle of running an "it" magazine come to life. Brown's Vanity Fair Diaries is also a woman's journey, of making a home in a new country and of the deep bonds with her husband, their prematurely born son, and their daughter. Astute, open-hearted, often riotously funny, Tina Brown's The Vanity Fair Diaries is a compulsively fascinating and intimate chronicle of a woman's life in a glittering era. Review “A zingy account of the glittery, shallow 1980s . . . Brown is a waspish, reliably slick writer―her witty skewerings are first-class.” ―The Times (London) “A revelation . . . Brown is a woman of wondrous drive and ambition, arcing through the world as if fired from a cannon . . . There’s swing in Brown’s voice and vinegar in her pen . . . For legacy-media freaks, The Vanity Fair Diaries is a bound volume of crack.” ―Jennifer Senior, The New York Times Book Review “The Vanity Fair Diaries is the perfect stocking filler for any social x-ray who yearns to wallow in nostalgia. But even students of our own time will find the prescience of Brown’s observations a source of amusement. The decade’s greatest symbol, she observes, turned out to be not a person but a building: Trump Tower, ‘the very definition of ersatz with its fool’s gold façade, its flashy internal waterfall, its dodgy financing.” ―Fiammetta Rocco, The Economist “One of the pleasures of The Vanity Fair Diaries―Tina Brown’s wickedly sharp account of her years as editor of the magazine―is her writing, the way she captures people with a few slashes of the pen.” ―Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly “Her narrative is juicy in the mold less of a chophouse steak than of a summer peach: a little tart, a little sweet, mostly refreshing. It’s pretty irresistible . . . She has a novelist’s sense of pacing and a perverse genius for description . . . Her gift is to feel the big story emerging in the small, human detail.” ―Nathan Heller, The New Yorker “Brave, self-revealing real time-history . . . the kind of specific reporting that made Tina’s Vanity Fair so juicy . . . Journalists will feast on it, but so too will anyone interested in media―especially magazines and how they came and went. If you liked Tina Brown’s Vanity Fair in the ’80s, her diary pages will sweep you back and even if you could get a little fed up with Tina back then, you will miss her now.” ―Terry McDonell, The New York Times Book Review “Her eye gets its glinting acuity from her status as an outsider―‘a cultural misfit,’ an expat both repelled and entranced by hyperbolic America.” ―Peter Conrad, The Guardian “The Vanity Fair Diaries is a bound volume of crack. Brown may have been a complicated feminist figure. But she was also a trailblazer

EAN: 9781250191250

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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