The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 - 1992

The Vanity Fair Diaries Named one of the best books of by Time People The Guardian Paste Magazine The Economist Entertainment Weekly VogueTina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular yea

  • Title: The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 - 1992
  • Author: Tina Brown
  • ISBN: 9781627791366
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Named one of the best books of 2017 by Time, People The Guardian, Paste Magazine, The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, VogueTina 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 YNamed one of the best books of 2017 by Time, People The Guardian, Paste Magazine, The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, VogueTina 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 Cond 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.

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    1. Back in the days I was a huge magazine enthusiast. In best months I could receive over twenty magazines from all over the world, and this amount did not include the actual newspapers I liked to surf through in my free time, too.I still have huge piles of unread issues of Marie Claire (UK and US editions), Cosmopolitan (UK, US and FIN editions), Glamour (UK edition), Elle (UK, US and FIN editions), Harper's Bazaar (US and UK editions), various music, decoration and fashion magazines I am too tire [...]

    2. A fun gossipy read!“The writer of a memoir or a history knows from the outset where the story is going and how it will end. The diarist doesn’t have a clue what’s around the corner. All one can know about is the past and, with any luck, the onrushing present. That’s a feature of the form, not a bug. What you lose in omniscience and perspective, you gain in heedless immediacy and suspense.”I quite enjoyed the author’s writing style and even though I didn’t know most of the people me [...]

    3. I first became aware of Tina Brown when I saw an interview with her on British television. It was back in the 80’s and I think she was editor-in-chief at the UK society magazine Tatler at the time. I do remember being amazed at how this young women (she'd have been in her mid twenties then) was in such a senior job. She seemed to have it all going for her: good looking and articulate – the world at her feet. I lost track of her then, until I saw this book.My knowledge of Vanity Fair was limi [...]

    4. The 'he' in question was Donald Trump! She saw his familiar Elvis coif making off across the Crystal Room. The sneaky, petulant infant was clearly still stewing about her takedown in VF over a year ago and had taken a glass of wine from the tray and emptied it down her back! What a coward! He couldn't even confront her to her face!Brown has a strong and lively voice but some of the in-house negotiations, the constant stream of job offers and the number of hires and fires of people who are pretty [...]

    5. When I saw this come up on NetGalley I was looking for a lighthearted read between my usual thriller and YA novels and this seemed ideal. I found it intriguing and felt compelled to read on. This is a book full to the brim with gossip and news heard through the grapevine. I thought I would enjoy it more than I actually did but that isn't to say I didn't find it interesting. There were parts I devoured - the remarks on Trump to name one such part.I felt a slight fraud for reading it knowing it wo [...]

    6. Weeks behind in reading The New Yorker, I read this awesome article by Nathan Heller recently about this bookwyorker/magazine/20Normally I wouldn't be very much interested in a book about Vanity Fair, though I admit I don't know the magazine, and could be surprised by what's in it.Nevertheless, Heller's article really caught me up. It's a wonderful narrative about both the magazine, it's resurrection from the dead under Tina Brown's years as head editor, and Brown herself, who is revealed as an [...]

    7. Being a long-time subscriber of Vanity Fair, I found it great fun to read Tina Brown's diaries of her time as editor of the magazine in the 1980's. Ain her late twenties who had transformed the British society magazine, Tatler, as well as marrying the much-older editor of the London Times, Harry Brown, Tina Brown was imported to the US by Si. Newhouse to work her magic on the struggling recently re-launched Vanity FairThe book is full of gossipy insights into the movers and shakers of the 1980's [...]

    8. When I saw this come up on NetGalley I was looking for a lighthearted read between my usual thriller and YA novels and this seemed ideal. I found it intriguing and felt compelled to read on. This is a book full to the brim with gossip and news heard through the grapevine. I thought I would enjoy it more than I actually did but that isn't to say I didn't find it interesting. There were parts I devoured - the remarks on Trump to name one such part.I felt a slight fraud for reading it knowing it wo [...]

    9. Tina Brown's Vanity Fair Diaries. A glimpse into her life. A rich girl who finds a love for journalism and luckily it loved her back. This is her life story the glitz, glam and ambition. Tina Brown was the editor of Tatler, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. She is an award-winning writer and has met some interesting characters. This isn't a tell-all book, but she shares some interesting stories. Some good, some bad and some have a touch of humour. This is an interesting read with some great pictur [...]

    10. Devilishly good read. So much scattered, yet very prescient, comments on Trump. But the book isn’t about Trump. I just found it funny how her comments about him indicate he just never grew up (and was always insecure about his tiny hands).

    11. Tina Brown's Vanity Fair Diaries. A glimpse into her life. A rich girl who finds a love for journalism and luckily it loved her back. This is her life story the glitz, glam and ambition. Tina Brown was the editor of Tatler, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. She is an award-winning writer and has met some interesting characters. This isn't a tell-all book, but she shares some interesting stories. Some good, some bad and some have a touch of humour. This is an interesting read with some great pictur [...]

    12. There is a bit much glitzy-name-dropping going on in the book, but still, the memoir captures the Reagan-1980ies and the world of magazine-making (including some behind the curtain corporate murk). And yes, I love Vanity Fair, which probably added to the enjoyment.

    13. 4.5 rounded-up to 5Although I was raised during the downfall of magazines and publishing, Brown's account brought to life a glimpse into the glory days of publishing with all the expected glitz. It may not have been as glamorous as old Hollywood, but the opulent 80’s has a magnetism I’m strangely drawn to: Princess Di! The Reagans! Baryshnikov! Michael Jackson! Warren Beatty! Pan Am and TWA! Le Cirque! Texas billionaires! Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, and Calvin Klein heydays!Brown's prose is s [...]

    14. I have to admit-this was better than I thought it would be! Normally diaries are hard to make into books-but I should have known Tina Brown could do it. I was a subscriber during her early years (along with Spy, Interview and so many other cool NY mags) and loved what she did with VF. I admit I bought this to relive that time through gossip. On that end, it was a bit disappointing. Most of the people she mentioned are/were in publishing so I had no idea who they were. However, she did temper tha [...]

    15. Tina Brown really displayed the magazine world in it's real perspective. It's just as worse as any other job that we all work on; back biting, political fighting, messy peopleyou name it and it's here in this book. She's open and honest about everything and everyone. A lot of the stories she speaks of was during the time that I was a adolescent or teenager and wasn't really paying attention to what was going on in the world but she provided an insight and information that allowed me to go back a [...]

    16. Came for the Reagan-era dishing; stayed for the editorial masterclass. We’ve been VF readers since the days Hitch was a columnist. But I didn’t appreciate how much the VF we know and love is the creation of Tina Brown. Her voice here is bold and charming. She’s a vulnerable badass who was also a business mastermind and an editorial genius. I started this as a longtime VF reader but quickly started taking notes as a magazine editor.

    17. An interesting and intriguing look at the movers and shakers side of things. Her notes and diary give us an insider’s view to Vanity Fair and a world that’s sometimes shocking, awesome, and awful.A great gossip read.

    18. I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.The first quarter of the book was very good.Unfortunately it all went downhill from there becoming very repetitiveIf you like dinner parties and name dropping this might be for you.

    19. This books literally sums up the eighties. Power dressing, board room anitics, sexy and cruel. The language is full of hyperbole and sometimes reads a bit like a tabloid headline. I really enjoyed it.

    20. The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 by Tina Brown this was a thought provoking and interesting read. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I started this read, but it definitely wasn’t what I got but that being said I enjoyed the writing. What I loved most of this story was the fact that it’s a woman’s journey through her life, yes we get to hear some stories of her time at Vanity Fair and that’s the main pull for most people, but I enjoyed seeing behind the name. You get to see the h [...]

    21. jessjustreadsThe Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown is an astute, open-hearted, and hilarious memoir about her time as the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair magazine.This memoir is an inspirational book for young women, but also readers who have an interest in fashion or who want to work in fashion one day. Tina is confident, capable and courageous, and she succeeds in transforming Vanity Fair from a troubled and struggling magazine to a dominant and successful one.“We accepted Libby’s resignati [...]

    22. I love biographies, especially of people working in media and publishing, and I love Vanity Fair to which I subscribed for two years and I still occasionally buy, so I was really eager to read the autobiography (or better, journal) of one of the best editors Vanity Fair ever had.Tina Brown was the young editor of Tatler magazine, but in 1983, Tina, then in her late twenties, left London to move to New York and become the editor of the just reborn Vanity Fair. Surrounded by a staff of talented ed [...]

    23. I've been a subscriber to Vanity Fair from its stumbling return in the '80s through - well, checking - at least through March 2019. I loved the Tina Brown years. Unsurprisingly, this is an engrossing, entertaining, smartly written account of how she came to land her job, and of her lively times at my favorite magazine. If you love good reporting, a lively wit, insightful observations, engaging anecdotes, AND Vanity Fair, you must read this book.

    24. Very ambivalent about this bookwas sometimes interested in the big names Tina worked with and knew but many I had no idea who they were and so was not interested. The perspective of some world events and figures was intriguing I admit. This was a book club selection or I would not likely have picked it up or pushed through

    25. Maybe a 3 1/2. Good but not great, a bit gossipy for my taste, but fun. The author narrates the audiobook, which gives it a personal touch. Not great prose, as it is the diary she kept at the time. I’ve followed her professional trajectory over the years, this added the personal side of her roles as a wife, mother and friend.

    26. I tried hard to give this a chance and finally had to put it down having read a bit more than a third of it. I love Vanity Fair and was hoping to hear about the covers, the features, the stories, the behind the scenes drama. What I got instead is Tina Brown dishing nastily about obscure figures in the publishing world. Written in true diary form, in shorthand, this book pretty much bored me to tears.

    27. I was pretty excited to read this because of Tina’s reputation with the New Yorker and Vanity Fair, two of the best magazines around, and two of my favorite magazines. In both cases, her impact on the magazines was huge and her judgment as a news editor and curator was pretty outstanding and groundbreaking-but was it maybe because of her talent, because of her British upbringing and also just because they were still so few women at the higher ranks of magazine journalism.The book opens with he [...]

    28. Life at the Top in the Glittering Fast LaneThe Vanity Fair Diaries opens with an account of the magazine’s revival in the eighties, and how Brown came to be part of it. It sets the glittering, claustrophobic stage for the memoirs, and is chock-a-block with names of the rich and, within the hermetically sealed world of Condé Nast publishing and its environs at least, famous.The diaries themselves form the bulk of the book, and as Brown intimates in her introduction, the form has its limits in [...]

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