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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.
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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 (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,316,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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By its very nature, gossip is old news within 24 hours, so it does not play well in a book that is written a year or more after the event. This book is a rehash of the columns of Rush and Malloy. The last chapter of the book explains all this very well and is an unintended apology for the book itself. There is no news here. There are no additional facts to the original story.

Rush explains why gossip columns are going by the way side, and he is correct. The internet killed it. Nowadays even serious news sources just sit at their desks scanning the internet and using YouTube video, instead of original pictures, for their broadcasts.

This book is written in the gossip column style: Short sentences that hint at scandal, but never really explains it. Most of the people referred to are newspaper industry honchos, people who are important to those who work in the industry, but uninteresting to those who do not.

Mostly, it is an autobiographical book. I never heard of Rush and Malloy before I opened this book. After reading the book, I am still not interested in who they are. From the book description, I thought the book would explain how they got the individual stories and give an in-depth accounting of the story. This did not happen. As the book suggests, the most up to date, detailed news about the stories of the celebs they mention are on the internet, and for free.
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if you like those newspapers sold at checkout, you MAY like this, maybe. sorta gives the insight into same but is a bit dated. has interesting bits of information and is a good filler of reading pap when you just need something to read in-between other stuff.
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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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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. I certainly wasn't! I actually read it twice since the first time I read it, I was involved in taking care of some very time-consuming business and had to keep reading it on and off, so I read it the second time uninterrupted and enjoyed it even more!
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I admit, I didn't quite finish this book. I knew this was going to be gossip column stuff to take with a grain of salt, that was what I wanted but I didn't enjoy that the gossip was peppered throughout an autobiography of the authors. I don't know who they are (and I thought I knew them all since I'm 68) and I don't care about their lives. Nor do I have the patience to dig through their history to find out about the celebrities they sparingly talk about. A real disappointment.
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