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All That Glitters: Anna Wintour, Tina Brown, and the Rivalry Inside America's Richest Media Empire

All That Glitters: Anna Wintour, Tina Brown, and the Rivalry Inside America's Richest Media Empire

by Thomas Maier


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From journalist, bestselling author, and producer of the hit television series Masters of Sex, comes the true s tory of the intrigue and infighting during the glory days of Condé Nast magazines and Anna Wintour, S. I. Newhouse Jr., and Tina Brown.

Inside the Condé Nast magazine world run by billionaire S. I. Newhouse Jr., Anna Wintour and Tina Brown were bold and talented British women who fought their way to the top of this male-dominated American industry driven by greed and betrayal.

At Vogue Wintour became an icon of fashion and New York’s high society, while Brown at Vanity Fair helped define the intersection of literary culture and Hollywood celebrity. They jockeyed for power in the hypercompetitive “off with their heads” atmosphere set up by Newhouse and his longtime creative guru Alex Liberman, two men who for years controlled the glossy Condé Nast magazines that dictated how women should look, dress, and feel.

In turning this world upside down, Wintour and Brown challenged the old rules and made Newhouse’s company internationally famous. Ultimately, one of them won in their fascinating struggle for fame and fortune during the height of New York’s gilded age of print—a time before the internet, before 9/11, when the Reagans ruled the White House and Donald Trump was a mere local developer featured on the cover of Newhouse’s publications. This book traces the careers of Wintour and Brown and shows how they and the Condé Nast media empire were major media enablers in the rise of Donald Trump and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

At its heart, All That Glitters is a parable about the changes in America’s media, where corruption and easy compromises are sprinkled with glitter, power, and glory. Originally titled Newhouse, this revised and updated edition, with a new introduction and afterword, won the 1994 Frank Luther Mott Award for best researched media book of the year.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510744905
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 726,004
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Thomas Maier is an award-winning author, journalist, and television producer. His book Masters of Sex was the basis for the Emmy-winning Showtime drama that ran for four seasons. His other books include Mafia Spies: The Inside Story of the CIA, Gangsters, JFK and Castro (Skyhorse, 2019); When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys; The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings; and Dr. Spock: An American Life (named a "“Notable Book of the Year" by the New York Times). Maier has worked as an investigative reporter for Newsday for over thirty years.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters XI

Preface: The Big Party XV

Chapter 1 Off with Their Heads 1

Chapter 2 The Family Business 7

Chapter 3 A Grand Acquisition-Condé Nast 15

Chapter 4 The Silver Fox 23

Chapter 5 The Newhouse Concept 37

Chapter 6 Reviving the Dead 47

Chapter 7 Blonde Ambition 59

Chapter 8 Exuding Confidence 75

Chapter 9 Anna and the King of Competition 81

Chapter 10 Women in a Man's World 91

Chapter 11 The Fixer 103

Chapter 12 Promotable Women 115

Chapter 13 Vanities 133

Chapter 14 "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A." 141

Chapter 15 Anna's "Spy" at Vanity Fair 151

Chapter 16 Talk of the Town 161

Chapter 17 Managed Competition 173

Chapter 18 Powerhouse 191

Chapter 19 The Celebrity Culture 203

Chapter 20 "The End of the Age of Irony" 217

Chapter 21 Winners and "Losers" 225

Epilogus: Ad Lectorem 235

Source Notes 239

About the Author 263

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