William Stadiem

Everything about William Stadiem. Author, Screenwriter, Lawyer.

Books

The Auctioneer: Adventures in the Art TradeThe Auctioneer: Adventures in the Art Trade (May 2016)

Simon de Pury takes us inside the secretive business of art dealership, whose staggering prices, famous collectors, and high crimes are front page news almost every day.

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JetSetcoverJet Set (June 2014)

A social history of the golden age of travel and an anatomy of a fantasy, created by Madison Avenue. How the Baby Boomers discovered Europe, embraced sophistication, and a nation of foodies was born.

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DaughterOfTheKingCoverDaughter of the King (March 2014)

The autobiography of a princess. The ruler-wizard of a gambling empire that went from New York to London, Las Vegas to Havana, Meyer Lansky may have controlled the world, but he couldn’t control his daughter.

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MoneywoodCoverMoneywood (Reprint, January 2013)

Hollywood in the 80s. The transformation of the film business in the age of Reagan saw ruthless producers replace arty directors as the new auteurs. In the new symbiosis between Wall Street and Sunset Boulevard, big business spelled bad movies, and cinema was changed forever.

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51jFzdz-8XL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_A Class by Themselves (1980)

A social history of the Southern aristocracy. A study of downward mobility, as these plantation dynasties lost their money and their slaves after the Civil War and descended into generations of eccentricity and madness.

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41dUgGELJtL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Too Rich (1991)

The biography of the last King of Egypt and the biggest bon vivant of the twentieth century, whose name became a synonym for excess. A Rashomon-like account from the perspectives of five of Farouk’s regal mistresses, this is a window on how Anglo-American meddling in the Middle East created the disaster of today.

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51jlJFkhp9L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Marilyn Monroe Confidential
(1979, 1983)

The ultimate inside account of the sex symbol that is more American than Coca-Cola. A story of a deep and touching friendship between the superstar and her Italian maid in which each woman thought the other had the better life and longed to trade places.

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72b0228348a0d44f45980110.L-1Lullaby and Good Night (1987)

A true crime novel of New York during Prohibition, written with the biggest selling of all true crime authors, Helter Skelter‘s Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi. This is the murder mystery that broke the Mafia’s grip on Tammany Hall, when the politics of the Big Apple were rotten to the core.

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Madam90210_CoverMadam 90210 (1993)

This book broke open the Heidi Fleiss Beverly Hills sex scandal. A true life All About Eve in the top secret world of deluxe commercial sex in which an aging supermadam and her young acolyte go to war over the luxury call girl market and the Hollywood stars who patronized them.

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movie_7702_posterMr. S (2003, 2004)

Driving Miss Daisy meets the Rat Pack. The last word on Frank Sinatra, from his valet, the person who knew him best.

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51E9l7qPjcLDear Senator (2009)

The most bizarre father-daughter story in the history of American politics. The ultimate Southern racist demagogue falls in love with his black maid and maintains a lifetime secret but loving relationship with his illegitimate child.

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51iBB6yitWL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Everybody Eats There (2007)

Around the world in 80 meals. A grand tour of the grandest and most celebrated and exclusive restaurants on the planet.

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81XCoEwv7TL._SL1500_Don’t Mind if I Do (2008, 2009)

The memoirs of the last suave old-school Hollywood playboy, George Hamilton, who nearly became America’s First Son-in-Law when he was engaged to Lyndon Johnson’s daughter Lynda Bird.

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