The Vanity Fair Diaries
by Tina Brown
Praise For This Book:
“A zingy account of the glittery, shallow 1980s . . . Brown is a waspish, reliably slick writer—her witty skewerings are first-class.” —The Times (London)

“A revelation . . . Brown is a woman of wondrous drive and ambition, arcing through the world as if fired from a cannon . . . There’s swing in Brown’s voice and vinegar in her pen . . . For legacy-media freaks, The Vanity Fair Diaries is a bound volume of crack.” —Jennifer Senior, The New York Times Book Review

“The Vanity Fair Diaries is the perfect stocking filler for any social x-ray who yearns to wallow in nostalgia. But even students of our own time will find the prescience of Brown’s observations a source of amusement. The decade’s greatest symbol, she observes, turned out to be not a person but a building: Trump Tower, ‘the very definition of ersatz with its fool’s gold façade, its flashy internal waterfall, its dodgy financing.’ Lucky she was there because you couldn’t make it up.” —Fiammetta Rocco, The Economist “One of the pleasures of The Vanity Fair Diaries—Tina Brown’s wickedly sharp account of her years as editor of the magazine—is her writing, the way she captures people with a few slashes of the pen.” —Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly

“Her narrative is juicy in the mold less of a chophouse steak than of a summer peach: a little tart, a little sweet, mostly refreshing. It’s pretty irresistible . . . She has a novelist’s sense of pacing and a perverse genius for description . . . Her gift is to feel the big story emerging in the small, human detail.” —Nathan Heller, The New Yorker

“Brave, self-revealing real time-history . . . the kind of specific reporting that made Tina’s Vanity Fair so juicy . . . Journalists will feast on it, but so too will anyone interested in media—especially magazines and how they came and went. If you liked Tina Brown’s Vanity Fair in the ’80s, her diary pages will sweep you back and even if you could get a little fed up with Tina back then, you will miss her now.” —Terry McDonell, The New York Times Book Review

“Her eye gets its glinting acuity from her status as an outsider—‘a cultural misfit,’ an expat both repelled and entranced by hyperbolic America.” —Peter Conrad, The Guardian

“The Vanity Fair Diaries is a bound volume of crack. Brown may have been a complicated feminist figure. But she was also a trailblazer, willing to take risks and get battered and bruised in the arena.” —Jennifer Senior, The New York Times (The Daily)

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