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Scandal: A Manual Hardcover – September 3, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1620877128 ISBN-10: 1620877120 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620877120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620877128
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"[Rush and Molloy] have seen it all. The husband and wife team has broken some of the biggest celebrity scandals of the last 15 years. They're talking and naming names in Scandal: A Manual.”—Extra

"Rush & Molloy [are] dishing the dirt about virtually every celebrity they ever clinked glasses with, were yelled at by, and wrote up for behavior that ranged from the merely bad to the virtually criminal. And they have a lot of material to draw from..." -- Jacob Bernstein, The New York Times

Scandal: A Manual is a breathlessly enjoyable trek through hot stories, lame spin controls, and how to weather it all with integrity and humor.”
—Michael Musto, Out

“Three years ago, two of America’s most famous gossip columnists quit the biz because the truth was no longer being told. Twitter allowed celebs to spin their own versions of the truth directly to fans, and Facebook and TMZ made everyone a reporter (fact-checking, be damned). George Rush and Joanna Molloy had had their fill. But this fall the two are back with a book about their 15 years’ gossiping. Scandal: A Manual, details the encounters between the married Rush and Molloy, and the rich and famous they chronicled. There’s the story of Kirstie Alley trying to convince a publicist to breast-feed her baby possum, or that time Donald Trump called to dish about his experiences with Anna Nicole Smith.”
—"Hot Type,” Vanity Fair

"Rush & Molloy taught a generation of reporters that despite all the temptations and excesses and stereotypes, it is possible to write a gossip column with integrity. That is their legacy."
-- Gawker

“George Rush and Joanna Molloy's SCANDAL: A Manual, The Inside Story of America's Infamous Gossip Columnists is the most fun read I've had all year— possibly in several years.”
Huffington Post

“‘Scandal!’ That’s the name of the incredibly entertaining new memoir by George Rush and Joanna Molloy, the married couple and super gossip columnists of the New York Daily News.…They have written a breezy but substantial account of their journeys through Wall Street. Broadway, and Hollywood. I wasn’t able to put it down.”
—Roger Friedman, ShowBiz 411

"Talking to George Rush and Joanna Molloy, even in a professional capacity, is like whispering in the back of a dark bar with your wisest, still-hip city friends, their married-couple repartee a flurry of boldface names, off-the-record rumors, and back-in-the-day anecdotes..." -- Joe Coscarelli, New York Magazine

“You’ll love the tabloid romance of married gossip columnists George Rush and Joanna Molloy while delighting in their dishy misadventures with celebs like Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lopez. Grade: A.”
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“Rush and Molloy was for years the New York Daily News version of the Post’s Page Six. There was a difference because their column had a vibe that went for the joke rather than the jugular, whenever possible. Of course it wasn’t always possible in the Naked City (or Jungle), and so it was. Their book is full of those tales of show and woe.”
—David Patrick Columbia, New York Social Diary

“Husband-and-wife gossip columnists George Rush and Joanna Molloy, formerly of The New York Post and The New York Daily News, have a new tell-all book out. Scandal: A Manual is filled with stories — some slightly salacious, others downright shocking — gleaned from the couple’s 15-plus years as co-writers.…The book has every one of the seven deadly sins — lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. OK, maybe not sloth or gluttony. But plenty of lust. We read those parts twice.”
—Shannon Donnelly, Palm Beach News

Scandal is the perfect holiday gift for any of your celeb-obsessed friends and family."
—E! Entertainment

"The ‘Rush & Molloy’ column scared the rich, famous and celebrated in the city for 15 years. They never knew what dirt George Rush and Joanna Molloy, famously the only married gossipeuses around, would spill on them. In their forthcoming book, ‘Scandal: A Manual, The Inside Story of America’s Infamous Gossip Columnists,’ they tell how they got the goods on the likes of Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and even Princess Diana."
New York Daily News

“In the heyday of Rush & Molloy—the Daily News’ gossip column capstone—George Rush and Joanna Molloy fed millions with their unmatched celebrity scoops. A new memoir by the husband-and-wife team, Scandal: A Manual (out this month), chronicles their titillating tales of public figure gossip pre-Internet age.”
Dujour

"For anyone who has encountered Mr. Rush and Ms. Molloy–and their wide–ranging beat made them ubiquitous on the New York party scene for almost two decades–'Scandal, A Manual’ is exactly like talking to them."
The New York Observer

About the Author

George Rush and Joanna Molloy are a husband-and-wife duo who wrote one of America’s most-followed gossip columns, Rush & Molloy, for fifteen years. The gossip-hounding pair wed in 1992 after meeting at the New York Post, where Joanna worked as coeditor of the notorious Page Six. Joanna has continued her work in journalism as featured contributor at the New York Daily News. George is a writer and author. The couple lives in New York.

George Rush and Joanna Molloy are a husband-and-wife duo who wrote one of America’s most-followed gossip columns, Rush & Molloy, for fifteen years. The gossip-hounding pair wed in 1992 after meeting at the New York Post, where Joanna worked as coeditor of the notorious Page Six. Joanna has continued her work in journalism as featured contributor at the New York Daily News. George is a writer and author. The couple lives in New York.

More About the Author

George Rush has written for Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, the Conde Nast Traveler, Men's Journal, Departures, Travel + Leisure, Talk and Spy, among other magazines.

After meeting Joanna Molloy at the New York Post's
Page Six column, the pair wed and begat the Rush & Molloy column at the New York Daily News. Together, they produced almost 4,000 servings of breaking news about film, politics, finance, media, music, television, fashion and sports. The internationally syndicated dispatches had an audience of 12.5 million readers on-line and in print. Rush's interview subjects have included Bill and Hillary Clinton, Sen. John Edwards, Sarah Palin, Ted Turner, Sumner Redstone, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Salman Rushdie, Bono, Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Rush and Molloy are the authors of "Scandal: A Manual," a personal chronicle of celebrity coverage from the twilight of Winchell to the dawn of Twitter. Rush is the author of "Confessions of an Ex-Secret Service Agent," which he adapted as a screenplay for Warner Brothers. He was also the co-host of "The Rush & Molloy Show" on eYada.com, host of "The Rush Report" for the CW Network, a main "character" on Bravo's "Tabloid Wars" series, and has appeared on "Anderson Cooper 360," "Hardball with Chris Matthews," "Entertainment Tonight," "Extra," and "Access Hollywood." A son of Highland Park, Illinois, he has tramped through 35 or so countries, meeting everybody from Malagasy necromancers to King Mswati III of Swaziland. He graduated from Brown University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Customer Reviews

I admit, I didn't quite finish this book.
desertwiffie
It was witty, very interesting, and if you enjoy reading anything about celebrities & the people connected with them, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Kathy L
This is not well written, in my opinion, and very little unknown information was giv en.
Dr. Marty Traver

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 15, 2013
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Totally enjoyable! A profitterole of a roller-coaster ride through the tawdry world of celebrity and its delusions. Rush & Molloy season their famous subjects with more than a touch of soy sauce. The end of high and mighty as we know it. Anything that takes down the fat-headed a notch soothes the soul. I appreciated the fast and glib voice, like somebody whose company you'd enjoy sitting next to at an overly-pretentious dinner party. They have seen the highly-visible up close and and stepped on their feet of clay. This isn't War and Peace. It's like one of those over-the-top ice cream desserts you used to get at the soda shop, with extra cherries and whipped cream. Yeah, I'm gonna eat it all!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By gig walsh on October 16, 2013
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Rush and Molloy entertained New Yorkers for years with their witty column. Their new book, "Scandal:A Manual, is a cheeky, good tempered and very funny take on celebrities and how they got that way. I greatly enjoyed their inside skinny on celebrity handlers and PR stooges. Rush and Molloy coined Runyonesque descriptors such as "stalkerazzi" and "Party barnacles". "Scandal:A Manual" is a dazzling read and I encourage you to crack the spine and enjoy the ride.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Patrick Baugh on October 20, 2013
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Lots of gossipy tidbits, but kind of confusing, as you're never sure which one of them is writing any one chapter (or part of chapter) unless they specifically mention the other. Also, way, way, way too many mentions of Mort Zuckerman and Richard Johnson - an index would have listed each (conservatively) 200 times.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Galinsky on October 23, 2013
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This is the bible for all scandal seekers, speakers, searchers, and scandal repeaters! What a cool read that brings the expertise of our two most beloved writers on pop culture into full fun focus for the reader. Suggested for fun, dirt, and for anyone who wants to know how to dig and cover what's happening!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cynthia parsons mcdaniel on December 28, 2013
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a compelling fast read
insightful look at the wacky world of gossip
in a delightful funny read by george rush
anecdotes and tales that are sometimes unbelievable but true
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nomadmom on December 20, 2013
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Gives readers an inside look at gossip journalism. If you've ever wondered how the papers got ahold of this or that bit of dirt, this explains it all. A good read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl F. on January 6, 2014
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I didn't know who these authors were when I picked up the book, so I was less interesed in learning about their life and their journey into the business. I got the impression that there was a lot more juicy gossip about the stars, and they were just the ones to spill the beans, but that was hardly the case. There were a few tidbits, but not enough for me.
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I thought the book was lively and interesting. I did find it confusing when, at the beginning, both writers were speaking, and then the rest of the book was primarily in one voice (George Rush). It's a little history of the gossip column, a little lesson in how far one can go. I didn't know the authors before I read this book, and obviously they are presenting themselves as highly ethical - one can probably take that with a grain of salt. There is nothing particularly memorable in it; it's just a fast read.
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