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WHO IS KATE BLACKWELL?

She is the symbol of success, the beautiful woman who parlayed her inheritance into an international conglomerate. Winner of a unique position among the wealthy and world-renowned. And she's a survivor, indomitable as her father, the man who returned from the edge of death to wrench a fortune in diamonds from the bleak South African earth. Now, celebrating her ninetieth birthday, Kate surveys the family she has manipulated, dominated, and loved: the fair ...

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Overview

WHO IS KATE BLACKWELL?

She is the symbol of success, the beautiful woman who parlayed her inheritance into an international conglomerate. Winner of a unique position among the wealthy and world-renowned. And she's a survivor, indomitable as her father, the man who returned from the edge of death to wrench a fortune in diamonds from the bleak South African earth. Now, celebrating her ninetieth birthday, Kate surveys the family she has manipulated, dominated, and loved: the fair and the grotesque, the mad and the mild, the good and the evil — her winnings in life. Is she the...

MASTER OF THE GAME?

This is a tale of one hundred years of a family that climbs from obscurity to opulence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446341851
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/18/1983
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet the Author

Sidney Sheldon

As a legendary storyteller, novelist, and screenwriter, Sidney Sheldon remains one of the world's top bestselling authors and is the only writer to have won an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar. He was also the recipient of the prestigious French Prix Littraire de Deauville award. All eighteen of Sheldon's novels reigned at the top of the "New York Times" bestseller list. His second, "The Other Side of Midnight", held the "Times"'s then-record of fifty-two weeks on the list. Sheldon was the creator of TV's classic hit programs "The Patty Duke Show", "I Dream of Jeannie", and "Hart to Hart". Additionally, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. He twice won the Screenwriters Guild Award for Best Musical—for "Easter Parade" and "Annie Get Your Gun". "The Guinness World Records 2004" heralded him as the most translated author in the world.

Biography

Best known today for his exciting blockbuster novels, Sidney Sheldon was the author of The Best Laid Plans, Nothing Lasts Forever, The Stars Shine Down, The Doomsday Conspiracy, Memories of Midnight, The Sands of Time, Windmills of the Gods, If Tomorrow Comes, Master of the Game, Rage of Angels, Bloodline, A Stranger in the Mirror, and The Other Side of Midnight. Almost all of them were number-one international bestsellers. His first book, The Naked Face, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best first mystery of the year" and received an Edgar Award. Most of his novels became major feature films or TV miniseries, and there are more than 275 million copies of his books in print throughout the world.

Before he became a novelist, Sheldon had already won a Tony Award for Broadway's Redhead and an Academy Award for The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. He has written the screenplays for twenty-three motion pictures, including Easter Parade (with Judy Garland) and Annie Get Your Gun. In addition, he penned six other Broadway hits and created three long-running television series, including Hart to Hart and I Dream of Jeannie, which he also produced. A writer who delighted millions with his award-winning plays, movies, novels, and television shows, Sidney Sheldon reigned as one of the most popular storytellers of all time.

Author biography courtesy of Time Warner.

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Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Sheldon:

"When I was 17, I was happy to be working in a drugstore, because I could steal enough sleeping pills to commit suicide."

"I have bi-polar syndrome and was not aware what was disturbing me until I received an Academy Award and went to see a psychiatrist."

"I have worked 7 days a week as long as I can remember. A business manager of mine gave me $25 worth of tennis lessons. I went down to my tennis court and we played once a week. I really enjoyed it. Playing with the pro one day, my teacher said to me that the money had been spent and did I want to continue. I started to say yes, then I realized that I didn't want to be out on the tennis court. I wanted to be in my office writing. That was 25 years ago and I haven't been on my tennis court since."

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 11, 1917
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      January 30, 2007

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

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    Absolutely worth the read

    Love this book! Have read this book several times and enjoy it every single time.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Master of the game!

    Sheldon was at the top of his game when he wrote Master of the Game. It is a classic Family Saga/Epic that spans decades. Many writers tried to duplicate Sheldon's success with the same formula but so many fell short because Sheldon was one of, if not the best when came to writing family drama. This is an excellent read, one I can guarantee will not only hold your attention anc capture your imagination, it will not allow you to put it down, until you're finished.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

    If you have not read a book by Sidney Sheldon, you need to

    This book was recomended to me by my Boyfriend. I got it used from barnes and noble.com. This book was published two years before i was born. I love to read and novels of this genre are not really my thing, however, i have gon back to barnes and noble.co m and ordered at least 5 more written by this author. If you have not read a book by sidney sheldon, you are missing out. I cant wait to get the rest of his books.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Amazing!

    This book carries you through generations of power hungry sociopaths that will stop at nothing to get what they want. This is one of my favorite books. It is a must read!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    A SUPERB NOVEL.

    Best book of all times. And yes they made a tv mini series out of it. It was 3 days long and it was almost as good as the book. Also he wrote The Other Side of Midnight, and it was so good they made a movie out of that one too. 'Rage Of Angels' and 'If Tomorrow Comes' are 2 more of the best novels from Sheldon. Read them. You wont be dissapointed.. Oh yeah, just remembered, they made a movie out of 'Rage of Angels' too. Awesome author. I was so sad when he died.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Yes he was a good writer but....

    If you prefer Not to read books with very adult content, be it sex, situations or language, then Mr. SHELTONS BOOKS AREN'T FOR YOU, AND absolutely not for children.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Keeps you wanting to know more!

    This book is great in every aspect of the word! Tons of twists and turns to keep you on edge. I would definitely recommend it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

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    One of his best

    If you have never read Sidney before, this should be the first one that you pick up. This story was action packed from beginning to the end. Every single character in this story I enjoyed. No one or nothing was out of place and Sidney left nothing to your imagination, no rock un-turned.There were so many twists and turns and you just didn't know whose life was next to be destroyed. It kept you on your toes. The characters came to life on these pages and the plot thickened with each one.Everyone in here got what they deserved, and not at all predictable

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2010

    Master of the Game, by the Master of Storytelling.....

    The only book, of over 10,000, that I have read, that has everything a reader could want. If ever there was a perfect book, this is it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2008

    So perfect for me

    OMG! I just finished this book, and I thought it was so amazing, it kept me really entertained. I enjoyed reading this book, I would rather read this book then do all the things I usually do like, watch tv or play on the computer. It's just so sinister, I loved it more then I thought I did. I had to pick a book for my english class, and im like hmm... this will fit the criteria. But as soon as I read the first couple chapters, I was hooked. I would read this for hours, and be completely satisfied. Reading this family, how they go through this pain, with love, death, revenge, deception, and more. It made me want to read more of Sheldon's books. I think I'm going to become a bookworm, and I can't wait.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2006

    Doesn't get better than Sidney Sheldon!!!

    I read this book back in 1985 and occassionally STILL take it up for a re-read when I am bored, can't find anything to hold my interest in the bookstore or when the weather is bad outside. Sidney Sheldon was and will be eternally the MASTER OF THE GAME in fiction!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2001

    One of the Century's BEST NOVELS!!!!

    I read this book 13 years ago and I've read it every year since!!! No one creates unforgettable characters like Sidney Sheldon and in Kate Blackwell he has created one of the greatest heroines of popular fiction. A woman and a family spanning a hundred years that makes you laugh, cry and flip through the pages without any thought of the time and which MOTIVATES you into believing that you have learnt something that no one who hasn't read the novel has learnt - the inner darkness of human nature! GREAT READING!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Percy

    Waits for momo

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Is the best novel i ever read,it was in 1995 i borrowed from a f

    Is the best novel i ever read,it was in 1995 i borrowed from a friend,i read up to the middle of the book and i lost it.So sad !since then i was looking for it,i just ordered i cant wait!May all might God keep his soul in pease,

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    This book was presented to me by my boyfriend as well. We read i

    This book was presented to me by my boyfriend as well. We read it together and to my surprise I really enjoyed it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    Definitely the best of Sheldon. This was the very first book of

    Definitely the best of Sheldon. This was the very first book of Sheldons that I ever read, & I did it in one sitting! Deceit, backstabbing, manipulation-it's all here, through the memories of Kate Blackwell! I'm not normally a reader of this kind of fiction, but this is one of the very few exceptions! The story of an incredible, (& at times, very dysfunctional), family!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    I have read all of Mr Sheldon's books and there is not a one tha

    I have read all of Mr Sheldon's books and there is not a one that I have disliked. He writes the way real life is. So many times I think that I am in charge of my life and Mr Sheldon shows me that most times we have no control of many circumstances, sometimes the furture was decided for us long before we were born. Thank you Mr Sheldon for all of your books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Very Good Read

    One on Sidney Sheldon's best. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Find it very hard to put down once I started to read it. Would recommend it to any Sidney Sheldon fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    The best yet....

    I'm on a Sidney Sheldon mission right now. I'm a little late in my discovery, i know. But oh how fantastic are his books. This is my favorite one by far. I can't wait to read the sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    My favorite Sydney Sheldon

    Love sidney Sheldon, and this is my favorite.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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