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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. Within the diary's cinematic minutes, 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.
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By Sylvia on 12-11-17
There is something about the Brits...
Can’t image any American-English speaker who could so casually drop these lines without pretense or malice: noting “the wrinkled back of his neck looked like foreskin,” says a tiresome person gives her “herpes of the brain,” describes someone as looking like “a pear with a permanent wave,” so accurately pegs Jackie Kennedy’s “strange stare,” describes her much loved new baby as “my dear pink worm.” And on and on and on. Thoroughly enjoyable to me. As others have mentioned, this book isn’t for everyone. If you have no idea who Henry Kissinger or Rupert Murdoch is, don’t know or care the difference between The New Yorker and New York Magazine, thinks AIDS has always been curable with meds or Fleet Street is about running, skip this one.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 12-06-17
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. My friends who are fascinated with New York society or simply the 1980s.
What did you like best about this story?
It describes an incestuous world- a world so narrow in scope that I found it fascinating. A little disturbing to find out that journalists seemed to not have a problem regularly socializing with their subjects- very disillusioning.
What about Tina Brown’s performance did you like?
Because she lived it, she emphasized the right stuff.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful