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"The editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster writes with wit and candor about becoming the editor of The New Yorker, and the challenges and satisfactions of running America's preeminent magazine,"--NoveList.
After editing The Columbia Review, staging plays at Cambridge, and a stint in the greeting-card department of Macy's, Gottlieb stumbled into a job at Simon and Schuster. By the time he left to run Alfred A. Knopf a dozen years later, he was the editor in chief. At Knopf, Gottlieb edited an astonishing list of authors. Now he writes with wit and candor about succeeding William Shawn as the editor of The New Yorker, and the challenges and satisfactions of running America's preeminent magazine.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374279929
0374279926
Branch Call Number: 070.5109 GOTTLIEB
Characteristics: 337 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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chascalz
May 04, 2019

Good book on a diverse career in publishing .
Lots of interesting anecdotes about authors.

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mammothhawk229e
Feb 19, 2019

I'm torn. He name dropped his friends & clients flaws & foibles. Simon & Schuster the place where guys married each other's mistresses. Chuckled at politics of churning out books to the general public. He got his wallet infant daughter picture for baby book after expensive FUBAR photoshoot. However, now my book list just grown from all the books he edited.
He certainly pulled the curtain on the book industry, ballet politics (who the next director of Miami City Dance), magazine (a rest-cure?), & book critic.
Shoe on other foot message on him being a book writer.
Bit weird on chapter on his family at end of the book. However, family skeleton at National Security level.

ser_library Dec 10, 2016

a wonderful book for literary types for whom the name dropping is like hearing about old friends. I laughed aloud on every page and now have many more titles to add to my list.

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