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The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her 20s 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 story, 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.
©2017 Tina Brown (P)2017 Macmillian US
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1 out of 5 stars
By Suzanne M. on 01-14-18

Really don’t waste your time or money......

This is a pointless narrative about pointless people who are not relevant now and other than Donald Trump and Jackie Kennedy were probably not that relevant then. Tina Brown may have been capable at what she did in the magazine publishing world (and I’m a great fan of Vanity Fair especially at the time Ms Brown was publishing it) but she has definitely overstretched herself in this genre. I’m afraid she is boringly wordy (think a talentless Thomas Hardy) and talks about totally irrelevant people who have only names and net worth attached to them but no character (except Jackie Kennedy Onassis whom she draws surprisingly well). Her overriding ego for herself and her husband is the permanent narrative and to be fair they are not appealing at any level as characters and really I did not understand why we as readers/listeners were subjected to their family and children of whom bring nothing to the story of ‘Vanity Fair’ as a publication. This is a mediocre literally exercise
which I would have no hesitation in not recommending at all. In fact I would say if this is your thing then go with the Alexandra Schulman Vogue diaries instead-it’s still not brilliant but it’s head and shoulders above this disappointing rubbish.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 02-07-18

Brilliant, spiky and surprisingly warm

A tour de force memoir from the leading lady of magazine journalism’s triumphant golden age

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 01-11-18

Loved this book

Amazing glimpse into the recreation of one of my favourite magazines. Tina Brown is awesome

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By Ms. A. Robledo on 01-03-18

Just wonderful

A joy to read and great female inspiration to draw from for many years to come. Thank you for sharing Tina.

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