The Women in His Life

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A Main Selection of the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club
He is Maximilian West--billionaire tycoon and corporate raider extraordinaire. He is a figure of almost mythical power--an enigma to all who know him. But when his world is suddenly shattered, Maxim must make peace with his turbulent past and begin to understand the remarkable women who have loved and protected him.
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Overview

A Main Selection of the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club
He is Maximilian West--billionaire tycoon and corporate raider extraordinaire. He is a figure of almost mythical power--an enigma to all who know him. But when his world is suddenly shattered, Maxim must make peace with his turbulent past and begin to understand the remarkable women who have loved and protected him.
From the streets of London to the suites of New York, from the rise of Nazi Germany to the fall of the Berlin Wall, THE WOMEN IN HIS LIFE takes us on an unforgettable journey of survival, secrets, love and redemption that mesmerizes from first page to last.

The spectacular New York Times bestseller that introduced world-class author Bradford to Ballantine paperback. When billionaire tycoon Maximilian West's world is suddenly shattered, he must set out to make peace with his past . . . and the many extraordinary women who have loved him and shaped his destiny. Reissue.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For the first time using a man as her protagonist, Bradford gives us a cliched love story nearly indistinguishable from her previous A Woman of Substance hefty novels. Tycoon Maximilian West, workaholic founder of a multinational financial empire, is endowed with ``personal magnetism,'' ``fatal charm,'' ``charisma'' and ``presence'' but is emotionally obtuse with the women who adore him. Born Maxim Wertheim in Berlin, he is brought to London in 1939 by his loving nursemaid; his parents die in concentration camps. Forging a brilliant business career, he marries a glamorous Frenchwoman, eventually losing her to the demands of his career; two more wives and assorted mistresses fail to bring him happiness. In one of the clunkier epiphanies in commercial novels, he finally understands the reason for his increasing anomie, and, not to our surprise, wins the woman of his heart. Bradford is more adept at describing opulent furniture, clothing and food, and in providing capsule tours of posh neighborhoods in London, New York, Berlin, Paris, Venice and Morocco than she is in delineating the personalities of her characters, whose insights about themselves and others are so superficial as to verge on the ludicrous. But her legions of readers undoubtedly will be satisfied by the romantic fortunes of the cultured, wealthy and powerful people whose lives she evokes with lavish sentiment. BOMC selection. Aug.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345345738
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 539,740
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Taylor Bradford
Barbara Taylor Bradford started her writing career in the 1960s as a journalist who felt destined to become "a hard-bitten reporter in a dirty trenchcoat." However, her breakout bestseller, A Woman of Substance (1979), sparked her prolific career as the author of thrilling novels of romance and intrigue.

Biography

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. A voracious reader since childhood, she took her first job at the age of 15 with the Yorkshire Evening Post and by the age of 18 was the newspaper's women's page editor. Two years later, she headed for London and became a reporter for the London Evening News, Today Magazine, and other publications.

After meeting her husband-to-be, Robert Bradford, in 1961, she relocated to the United States. Continuing in journalism, Barbara created the syndicated column "Designing Woman," which ran nationwide for 12 years. Children's books and 8 works on decorating followed.

In 1979, Bradford published her first novel, A Woman of Substance, introducing the Emma Harte saga and beginning an almost uninterrupted string of bestsellers. Her work has been published in more than 90 countries in 40 languages, and total sales of her books now surpass 75 million.

Barbara now lives and writes in New York City with her husband, Robert. In addition to her work as a writer, she is active in a number of major charitable organizations, including the Police Athletic League, Girls Inc., City-Meals-on-Wheels, and the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.

Good To Know

Queen Elizabeth bestowed the Order of the British Empire on Barbara in October, 2007. The news was announced on the author's website with the following headline: "BTB Gets Her OBE from QEII."

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Bradford:

"All 20 of my original manuscripts are stored by the prestigious Brotherton Library at Leeds University in England, next to the works of the Brontë sisters."

"My first job was working as a typist for the Yorkshire Evening Post at the age of 15."

"When I'm not writing, (which isn't often) I love to read. Biographies are my favorite genre, though I do like to read fiction to see what others are putting out on the market. Authors whose books I always make time for are Patricia Cornwell, Mary Higgins Clark, and Bernard Cornwell."

"I love to travel whenever possible. Paris is my favorite city to visit, though some of my favorite holidays are spent back in England."

"My husband, Bob, has a vote for the Academy Awards, so I get to see a lot of movie screenings."

"I'm involved in a number of charity organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. From the Police Athletic League and the Literary Guild in America to PACT (Parents and Children Together Again) in the U.K., I devote a fair amount of time to these causes. And as an advocate for world literacy, I am a member of the Madison Council to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Christ Church Elementary School and Northcote Private School for Girls in Yorkshire, England
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2006

    outstanding

    I thought the book was very breath taking. I came across the book in school when I was in the 9th grade. Now I am 18 (a gaduate) I just had to buy the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2001

    Interesting and Poignant

    I just found this to be an interesting different type of book. It seemed to be an eye opener as to how the German people lived after the war.. I just enjoyed the entire book. Thank you for such great reading

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    I did not recibit the book

    I can coment because I dinint recibit the book jet

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Fantastic Read - A Page Turner

    Maxim is a wonderful character. He has gone through so mcu in his life before the age of 10. Yet, with all that life has thrown at him, he overcomes them and becomes a fine young amn and a great older man. This book takes you through the life of Maxim and what a life he has. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

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