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Traces the history of the landmark New York hotel, offers profiles of some of its famous residents, and includes anecdotes about its guests and staff
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Famed columnist, author and playwright Ward Morehouse III was a staff correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor for 10 years and a Broadway columnist for the New York Post for five years. His "Broadway After Dark" column appeared in the New York Sun for two years, and now in AM New York. He is the author of Inside the Plaza: An Intimate Portrait of the Ultimate Hotel and two other books.From Publishers Weekly:
Morehouse tours readers through a Manhattan landmark in this chatty, disorganized but engaging book. A former cultural correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor , the author serves up a mix of fact and gossip, based in part on personal knowledge of the opulent inn. Built in 1893 by William Waldorf Astor, the hotel was moved in 1930 from downtown Fifth Avenue to occupy an entire block on Park Avenue at 50th Street, where it has flourished for the intervening 60 years. Morehouse offers information on such recent developments as the acquisition of the hotel by the Hilton family. Most intriguing, though, are anecdotes about the notable residents in the Waldorf Towers aerie: the duke and duchess of Windsor (she was rude); Sinatra (he pays $1 million annually for a suite once home to Cole Porter); late society hostess Elsa Maxwell; Gen. and Mrs. Douglas MacArthur; U.S. presidents et al. Just as engrossing are mini-bios of the executives responsible for the hotel's great reputation through the years: Astor's first partner, George Boldt, a master hotelier from Germany; banquet host Oscar of the Waldorf; and events organizer Claude Philippe. Photos not seen by PW.
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Book Description M Evans & Co, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0871316633
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Book Description M Evans & Co, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0871316633
Book Description M Evans & Co, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0871316633