The Vanity Fair Diaries

The Vanity Fair Diaries


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Named one of the best books of 2017 by Time, People,, The Guardian, Paste Magazine, The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, & 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.

Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt & Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627791366
Call Number: 070.92 B8155v
Characteristics: x, 436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm


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Apr 07, 2018

I really wanted to like this book. Maybe I'll try again as Tina Brown is brilliant and enthusiastic on podcasts, selling her book. This book. This book that was awful compared to her lively, fascinating story told to Terry Gross and others.

Okay, I only read about the first fifty to seventy-five pages - it doesn't matter - and I was just tired of it all. Born rich, married a rich guy who was married when she met him but she had to have him or whatever rich people tell themselves, rich enough to have these amazing opportunities present themselves to her, and her experiences being rich around rich people, doing rich people things at rich people parties and rich people social events, while being really rich. Plus famous people!

The eighties were amazing and I would have loved to immerse myself in her story, but I would have rather she wrote in her Vanity Fair voice rather than in her Tattler manic jibber-jabber.


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