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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Condé Nast The Man and His Empire -- A Biography by Susan Ronald

This is a fascinating biography of the great magazine publisher, who was a surprisingly charming and elegant man. It goes into great detail about his tough childhood, driving ambition, wonderful ability to spot talent and his marriages. He also had a huge fight with Randolph Hearst, his main competition.

Interesting characters, such as the femme fatale Claire Booth Luce, Edna Chase and Carmel Snow also fill its pages. The story which I really liked was how ambitious creative people had to meet Conde Nast by invitation or accidentally to get anywhere. Elizabeth Miller spotted him one day and he saved her from a traffic accident. She fainted in his arms and babbled uncontrollably when she came to, and he immediately saw that she epitomized the 'Modern Look'. Elizabeth Miller became... the famous war photographer Lee Miller.

I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

EDITION  Other

 Format     ISBN9781250180025

PRICE      $32.50 (USD)

2 comments:

Hels said...

I liked Condé Nast's history because it wasn't after grabbing readers from everywhere and making a fortune. For example I would much prefer to concentrate on travel or culture, for example, than investments or engineering. But I recognise the risks entailed in going after a limited market.

Hels said...

I liked Condé Nast's history because it wasn't after grabbing readers from everywhere and making a fortune. For example I would much prefer to concentrate on travel or culture, for example, than investments or engineering. But I recognise the risks entailed in going after a limited market.