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on 20 October 2012
Actually I like Anna Wintour and her work in US Vogue. Her visual sense is great and she gets extremely interesting results out of her artists, whether photographers, art directors or fashion editors. Apparently she is neither nice nor emphatic. This book emphazises on her nasty sides and drops lots of famous names who mostly doesn't like AW. I guess many of them are as ego centered as AW and very filled up with their own ambitions and plans. Many of them have made good work for various publications under the aegis of AW, but probably feel pissed off because they didn't get enough credit. Might be AW is driven and snobbish but I would dearly like to read a biography that had her cooperating as well as an author who wasn't looking for the worst angle all the time (and wrote in a better style). In the beginning Oppenheimer asks: What drives her, what makes her tick? After reading 359 shallowly and boringly written text I'd still like to get an answer, what drives AW and what really makes her tick?
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Anna Wintour is one of those people that it's almost absurdly easy to hate... especially if you've worked under her. "Front Row: Anna Wintour" opens with a description of the poor girls who show up bare-legged in freezing temperatures, all to cater to the fashion diva's whims. It gives a taste of what is to come.

Anna Wintour was born the daughter of high-ranking British parents, one a social do-gooder and the other a major newspaper editor. She followed in neither parent's footsteps -- from her early schooldays, it became obvious that Anna cared first and foremost about fashion, shortening her gym skirts and defying strict dress codes (which led to expulsion from high school).

As a teen, she was a minor club goddess. Then with her father's credentials as a calling card, Anna started delving into the world of fashion writing, including brief stints at magazines like Harper's Bazaar, the ill-fated Viva, and Home and Gardens, which she singlehandedly destroyed. Finally "nuclear Wintour" got her dream job: editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine.

Jerry Oppenheimer isn't exactly the ideal biographer, having written some truly awful biographies of Ethel Skakel Kennedy and Martha Stewart. However, he does a passable job with "Front Row," by coolly and calmly exposing the many flaws of Vogue's editor-in-chief, including how she incited rebellion and destroyed at least one magazine with her celebrity-obsessed revamps.

He also does an excellent job of deflating Wintour's imposing image, by revealing the times she was found sobbing, played "little girl," or acted in a manner that could have gotten her sued. For example, we find out that she pettily fired people for not being young and attractive enough, and scuppered a bestselling author's essay because he wasn't good looking. Juicy juicy.

Unfortunately, Oppenheimer's writing is not up to the challenge. At best, his writing is dry and distant, with the odd embarrassing moment (such as a lame erection joke early in the book). He also gives detailed exposes of Wintour's assorted paramours, but her kids get almost no coverage at all. He seems more interested in the "fashion wars."

Her icy attitude and ruthlessness have made her a legend in fashion circles, but "the devil who wears Prada" loses some of her sting after this book has been read.
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on 25 February 2005
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on 20 August 2013
Anna Wintour is a very interesting person as seen in 'The September Issue', this unauthorized book about her is not! It's way too long and keeps repeating it self many times over. I don't think anyone who is not extremely interested in the fashion world would want to waste their time reading this. And it mostly talks about her relationships with the men in her life and only spends a little time describing her role at Vouge.
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on 18 April 2012
Some people out there think Anna Wintour is demanding, icy, aloof and career-obsessing.
And some of the others see nothing but the glamour and flash-lights surrounding her.

After reading this book, you will know how brilliant, smart and hard-working this woman is.
Of course, because of her father, Charles Wintour, Anna enjoyed some advantages that normal people usually couldn't have. But she does get the position by herself hard-working in many ways.

Please just drop the trash glamorous novel 'The Devil Wears Prada' and read this one, especially when you need some inspiration.
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on 11 May 2007

Not the most intellectual and knowledge-ehancing biography you will read but its well written and a definite page-turner. I look forward to reading more of Oppenheimer's biographies. Now whenever I lay my hands on a scented, glossy new Vogue I think about the blood, sweat and tears that went into it.

STRONGLY recommended!
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on 18 March 2010
A book with great insight into Anna Wintour. Interesting on all fronts - personal, career history, friends opinions of this woman of fashion. A must read for all those interested in the whole fashion industry.
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on 24 March 2014
Very entertaining book. Enjoy a lot the gossip and behind the scenes details. Also a lot of historical details. Good for holidays reading
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on 8 July 2016
Fascinating read. A must-have for any Anna Wintour fans.
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on 8 August 2012
Recieved the book a few weeks ago now but thought I would still make a review. Got the package at the door before I knew it; very speedy service :) the book was in better condition than I thought it would be in. Cheers :)
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