Count the Ways: The Greatest Love Stories of Our Times

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In the fascinating Count the Ways,award-winning journalist Paul Aron tells the true stories of 25 of the greatest loves of our times. Here are Woodrow and Edith Wilson,for whom love was her path to power . . . and Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson,for whom love meant giving up his throne. Here are Christopher and Dana Reeve,whose love inspired him to live . . . and Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow,whose love meant certain death . . .

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Overview

In the fascinating Count the Ways,award-winning journalist Paul Aron tells the true stories of 25 of the greatest loves of our times. Here are Woodrow and Edith Wilson,for whom love was her path to power . . . and Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson,for whom love meant giving up his throne. Here are Christopher and Dana Reeve,whose love inspired him to live . . . and Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow,whose love meant certain death . . .

Illustrated with striking photographs of each couple,this collection will make an ideal Valentine's Day or anniversary gift,or serve as a touchingly eloquent way to simply say,"I love you. "

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. " So wrote Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Robert Browning,the man whose love let her escape her tyrannical father,saved her from life as an invalid,and ultimately inspired her to become one of the world's greatest poets. But even she could not count the many ways in which people love.

From royalty to rock stars,Count the Ways delves into some of the most captivating love affairs of our times,including the obstacles,dramas,joys,and not-always-happy endings.

Learn how love conquered the British monarchy when Edward VIII abdicated his throne in favor of the American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Wonder why the love of Lee Krasner kept painter Jackson Pollock sane,yet the devotion of F. Scott Fitzgerald drove his wife,Zelda,mad. Witness the courage of love with Christopher and Dana Reeve,as their marriage overcame a tragic accident to give new meaning to the vows "in sickness and in health. " Observe how Ronald and Nancy Reagan proved that love and politics can mix and how Bonnie Parker and ClydeBarrow showed how love and crime do not. And don't forget Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz,the tumultuously enamored couple for whom fighting was itself a kind of lovemaking.

Remarkably,many of these love affairs remained hidden despite the high-profile lives involved. While fans were quick to blame Yoko Ono for breaking up the Beatles,few attempted to understand the love she and John Lennon shared. And while the world focused on the disastrous marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer,few paid attention to his enduring relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles.

These stories and many others are here,each accompanied by a striking black-and-white photo of the couple. Love stories are too often reduced to either storybook romance or scandal,but—as this collection proves—the truth behind them often turns out to be more interesting . . . and more romantic.

A CENTURY IN LOVE

There are more kinds of love than anyone,even the romantic poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning,could count. And our fascination with the emotion—and the couples themselves—is endless. Gathered here are the inside stories of great love affairs from across the spectrum—some married,some not; some lasting,some not—but all of which have fully captured our attention over the last century. From royals and rulers to barnstormers and bandits,these are the most fascinating relationships of our times.

  • Gracie Allen and George Burns
  • Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball
  • Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
  • Dale Evans and Roy Rogers
  • Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart
  • Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
  • Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
  • Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
  • Christopher and Dana Reeve
  • Edith and Woodrow Wilson
  • Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
  • Nancy and Ronald Reagan
  • Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier
  • Camilla Parker-Bowles and Prince Charles
  • Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
  • Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz
  • Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
  • Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock
  • Johnny and June Carter Cash
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh
  • Amelia Earhart and G. P. Putnam
  • Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker
  • Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe
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In this enrapturing book, award-winning journalist Paul Aron presents 25 famous and should-be-famous love stories of our times. They are all here, it seems: Edward VII and Mrs. Simpson; John Lennon and Yoko; Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe; Charles and Anne Lindbergh; Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner; F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda. This is a Valentine's Day gift for all seasons.
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Lovebirds and starstruck voyeurs may be interested in Count the Ways: The Great Love Stories of Our Time. Journalist Paul Aron (Unsolved Mysteries of American History) writes about celebrated (or reviled) couples like Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The couples mostly straight, white and extremely well known are divided into categories like "Actors and Actresses" and "Royals and Rulers." Aron briefly summarizes each relationship, outlining how the couple met and following the trajectory whether tragic, sordid or heartwarming of each romance. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071381741
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/26/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.28 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Actors and Actresses
1. Gracie Allen and George Burns 3
2. Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball 15
3. Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy 27
4. Dale Evans and Roy Rogers 39
5. Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart 51
6. Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee 61
7. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward 71
8. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor 83
9. Christopher and Dana Reeve 93
Royals and Rulers
10. Edith and Woodrow Wilson 105
11. Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson 117
12. Nancy and Ronald Reagan 131
13. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier 143
14. Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles 157
Writers and Artists
15. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas 171
16. Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz 183
17. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald 193
18. Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock 205
19. Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash 217
20. John Lennon and Yoko Ono 227
Barnstormers, Bank Robbers, and Ballplayers
21. Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh 241
22. Amelia Earhart and G. P. Putnam 255
23. Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker 267
24. Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe 279
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