Inside the Condé Nast magazine world run by billionaire S. I. Newhouse Jr., Anna Wintour and Tina Brown were bold and talented British women who fought their way to the top of this male-dominated American industry driven by greed and betrayal.
At Vogue Wintour became an icon of fashion and New York’s high society, while Brown at Vanity Fair helped define the intersection of literary culture and Hollywood celebrity. They jockeyed for power in the hypercompetitive “off with their heads” atmosphere set up by Newhouse and his longtime creative guru Alex Liberman, two men who for years controlled the glossy Condé Nast magazines that dictated how women should look, dress, and feel.
In turning this world upside down, Wintour and Brown challenged the old rules and made Newhouse’s company internationally famous. Ultimately, one of them won in their fascinating struggle for fame and fortune during the height of New York’s gilded age of print—a time before the internet, before 9/11, when the Reagans ruled the White House and Donald Trump was a mere local developer featured on the cover of Newhouse’s publications. This book traces the careers of Wintour and Brown and shows how they and the Condé Nast media empire were major media enablers in the rise of Donald Trump and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
At its heart, All That Glitters is a parable about the changes in America’s media, where corruption and easy compromises are sprinkled with glitter, power, and glory. Originally titled Newhouse, this revised and updated edition, with a new introduction and afterword, won the 1994 Frank Luther Mott Award for best researched media book of the year.
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Table of Contents
Cast of Characters XI
Preface: The Big Party XV
Chapter 1 Off with Their Heads 1
Chapter 2 The Family Business 7
Chapter 3 A Grand Acquisition-Condé Nast 15
Chapter 4 The Silver Fox 23
Chapter 5 The Newhouse Concept 37
Chapter 6 Reviving the Dead 47
Chapter 7 Blonde Ambition 59
Chapter 8 Exuding Confidence 75
Chapter 9 Anna and the King of Competition 81
Chapter 10 Women in a Man's World 91
Chapter 11 The Fixer 103
Chapter 12 Promotable Women 115
Chapter 13 Vanities 133
Chapter 14 "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A." 141
Chapter 15 Anna's "Spy" at Vanity Fair 151
Chapter 16 Talk of the Town 161
Chapter 17 Managed Competition 173
Chapter 18 Powerhouse 191
Chapter 19 The Celebrity Culture 203
Chapter 20 "The End of the Age of Irony" 217
Chapter 21 Winners and "Losers" 225
Epilogus: Ad Lectorem 235
Source Notes 239
About the Author 263