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Power at Play Hardcover – May 28, 1993


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From Publishers Weekly

In her ebullient autobiography, Washington Evening Star reporter and syndicated society columnist Beale pours forth a glittering store of anecdotes concerning national leaders, royalty, diplomats and celebrities of all kinds. A Washington insider by birth, she has attended some 15,000 functions since 1945, including many at the White House, whose occupants' varied styles and treatment of the press inspire her most pungent comments. Beale is equally forthcoming about the male-dominated power structure and her love affair, during the years he was ambassador to the U.N., with Adlai Stevenson. She notes the large extent to which public policy is shaped at private parties, whose attendees respect social amenities regardless of political tensions among them. This memoir should appeal to history buffs and gossipmongers alike. Photos not seen by PW .
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

For over 40 years, Beale's nationally syndicated column let the rest of us in on Washington, D.C.'s official and unofficial party scene. Her memoir of all those parties, state dinners, embassy receptions, etc. (averaging 500 a year ) is related here in eye-crossing detail. What a job--dancing with presidents and princes, traveling to foreign locales, hobnobbing with America's social and political elite--then writing it up for her weekly column. Beale, as an observer of Washington "at play," was as much an insider as anyone through eight administrations. Avid fans of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" may enjoy this; others, however, may find it like a diet of caviar and foie gras--a little goes a long way.
- Pamela Daubenspeck, Warren-Trumbull Cty. P.L., Warren, Ohio
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc. (May 28, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895265036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895265036
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,775,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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