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 & Co., ©2017.
ISBN: 9781627791366
Characteristics: x, 436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour) ;,25 cm.


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Jan 04, 2019

A great read if you were a fan of Vanity Fair during the time Ms. Brown was in charge. Like all juicy diaries, it is best read in small sessions, digested slowly over time. Vanity Fair may have been scoffed at by some but those who took the time to get to know it understood exactly what it delivered: very high quality journalism and stories one wanted to read; a winning combination.

Jan 05, 2018

Not necessary to be a Vanity Fair fan to savour
This work- but it helps.
Tina Brown chronicles her ascent in
the magazine universe,from a bold start ‘across the pond’
to her noisy bite of the Big Apple.
Taking the wheel at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker in the Conde
Nast constellation, Brown hires the best talent and collaboratively
raises the roof in readership and sales.
Her stories are juicy.
We learn an “A” Lister’s goal is to be on the cover, but not
Inside, under the sheets.
Her own story is a good sell- just like the rest of the book.

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