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Conde Nast: The Man and His Empire
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Susan Ronald
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Conde Nast: The Man and His Empire

Susan Ronald


St Martins Press

Biography: arts & entertainment;
Publishing industry


448 pages

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Conde Nast's life and career was as high profile and glamourous as his magazines. Moving to New York in the early twentieth century with just the shirt on his back, he soon became the highest paid executive in the United States, acquiring Vogue in 1909 and Vanity Fair in 1913. Alongside his editors, Edna Woolman Chase at Vogue and Frank Crowninshield at Vanity Fair, he built the first-ever international magazine empire, introducing European modern art, style, and fashions to an American audience.

Credited with creating the cafe society, Nast became a permanent fixture on the international fashion scene and a major figure in New York society. His superbly appointed apartment at 1040 Park Avenue, decorated by the legendary Elsie de Wolfe, became a gathering place for the major artistic figures of the time. Nast launched the careers of icons like Cecil Beaton, Clare Boothe Luce, Lee Miller, Dorothy Parker and Noel Coward. He left behind a legacy that endures today in media powerhouses such as Anna Wintour, Tina Brown, and Graydon Carter.

Written with the cooperation of his family on both sides of the Atlantic and a dedicated team at Conde Nast Publications, critically acclaimed biographer Susan Ronald reveals the life of an extraordinary American success story.

By:   Susan Ronald
Imprint:   St Martins Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 172mm,  Width: 243mm,  Spine: 41mm
Weight:   712g
ISBN:   9781250180025
ISBN 10:   1250180023
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born and raised in the United States, SUSAN RONALD is a British-American biographer and historian of several books, including A Dangerous Woman, Hitler's Art Thief, and Heretic Queen. She lives in rural England with her writer husband.

Praise for A Dangerous Woman Energetic...Ronald's group portrait is breath-taking and quite modern. --New York Times Book Review A lively picture of the world in which Florence moved, with all its intricate financial shenanigans, rivalrous investors and glittering social occasions. --Wall Street Journal Ronald traces Gould's amoral life and high-flying times...elegant and beautiful, she used sex and charm as her currency, trading them for favors and luxuries that let her sail through the war years unscathed. --New York Post Praise for Hitler's Art Thief [A] riveting portrait of Gurlitt, who detested the Nazis, and stole from them, but did their bidding in the name of 'saving modern art'. --The New Yorker Susan Ronald situates Gurlitt's life and career amid the turmoil of Weimar Germany and then the evolution of Nazi art-looting campaigns from the late 1930s to the end of World War II. Ms. Ronald, a popular historian, presents many new details about Gurlitt's dealings. --The Wall Street Journal Susan Ronald's new book tells the back story of what may be the most startling art-world bust in modern history. --USA Today Susan Ronald chronicles one man's extraordinary career of exhaustively researched and well written book that has a cautionary tale for all of us. --Forbes

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