Synopses & Reviews
William Stadiem is the author of such bestsellers as Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe Confidential, and Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond, as well as such acclaimed works of social history as Too Rich: The High Life and Tragic Death of King Farouk. He writes for Vanity Fair and has been the Hollywood columnist for Andy Warhol’s Interview and the restaurant critic for Los Angeles Magazine. A Harvard JD-MBA and former Wall Street–based international lawyer, Stadiem is also a screenwriter whose credits include Elizabeth Taylor’s last starring vehicle, Franco Zeffirelli’s Young Toscanini, and the television series L.A. Law.
"Aviation during its glory years represented opportunities, wealth, and glamour and not just for the wealthy. While the media followed celebrities on passenger jets all over the world Frank Sinatra (whose song 'Come Fly with Me' was the theme song for Pan Am) and society writer Igor Cassini, for example the middle classes also took to the skies, living their own versions of glamorous lives in Paris, Rome, and elsewhere abroad. The glory years of aviation, as Stadiem (Moneywood) explains, were intimately tied to marketing, positive thinking, and myth as well as gossip fueled by the society pages. Touching on the lives of many celebrities and business tycoons, Stadiem covers the mid 19th-century to the early 21st, including the decline of 'the Jet Set,' the youth of the 1960s lamenting their parents' 'conspicuous-consumption,' and the age of 'airport anxiety.' Although at times jumbled, with too many timelines and stories competing with one another, the book is an interesting, entertaining read, full of colorful characters and the author's thoughtful contemplation of the world of aviation. Illus. Agent: Dan Strone, Trident Media Group. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.