William Stadiem

Everything about William Stadiem. Author, Screenwriter, Lawyer.


Madame Claude: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, and Power (May 2018)

“An eye-opening biography of ‘the elegant French Queen of Sex’ …  it’s good fun to see what devils some of our political and cultural heroes really were.” —Kirkus Reviews

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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.

“Renowned auctioneer de Pury presents a memoir full of gossip, anecdotes, and tales of the very, very rich.”

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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.

“Stadiem has enjoyed a ringside seat for the decadence and outrageousness he recounts in his Moneywood.”

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

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.

“The result of extensive research, interviews, travel, and a native Southerner’s fascination with the unique region of his birth, A Class by Themselves is a wonderful exploration of the vivid personalities that form the core of the Southern aristocratic tradition.”

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.

“This is probably as good a biography as Farouk is going to get.”

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.

“…If you are a fan this is a MUST to buy, Lena Pepitone makes you go back in time.”


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.

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.

Straight from today’s headlines–a sizzling, juicy memoir of sex, stars, and sleaze by a notorious Hollywood madam.

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.

“It is an unforgettable trip, and George Jacobs provides a front-and-center seat at the life of an American icon.”


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.

“With elegance, dignity, and candor, Washington–Williams gives us a chapter of American history as it has never been written before–told in a voice that will be heard and cherished by future generations.”

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.

Your best friend just returned from a week in Paris. Your first question is “Where did you eat?” Arpége? Ami Louis? Stresa? But what you really want to know is “Was anyone famous there?” This book is for you.

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.

“[T]he reigning mood of this book…is self-deprecating good humor. And its stories are star-studded and wild…”
— Janet Maslin, The New York Times