My name is Michael Gross and I'm the author of 740 Park and have been following the clash of customer reviews with considerable interest. I invite some of the anonymous critics to actually engage with me here and I'd also be delighted to hear from anyone who's read the book or might be interested in it. I'll try to answer any questions, too. Fire away!!!
I am mid-book right now and I love it! a) why the lack of photos? I have to say I was google-imaging every name, just to see what they look like: b) are some of the snarky reviewers also subjects or relatives of subjects? I have a hunch a couple are motivated by personal "issues"
Hi. I haven't read the book yet, but it looks fascinating. As a former New Yorker, I've wondered about 740 Park ever since I learned about it in one of the many Jackie O biographies I've read. I wonder could the "Georgette" who reviewed this book and claims she met her husband at a party in the building possibly be Georgette Mosbacher? If so, Georgette, you should write your own book.
Thanks Anne. If you visit my web site at www.mgross.com you will find interior photos, floor plans, an interactive "cast of characters" with many photos, including some real shockers, and even a copy of the original schedule C from 1929. Why no photos? The book is very long and was never intended as a coffee table book, and I always planned the web site. Also, to be frank, photos are very expensive--and an author must pay for them! Re the snarky reviews, I have my suspicions that you are right, but speculating on the motives of others strikes me as a waste of time. The thing that pleases me is how many positive reviews have that "real name" logo under them! I wish the snark-meisters had the courage of their convictions. But regardless, it's kind of fun to see that the book has provoked such strong reactions. Makes me think I did at least some things right.
I don't know who the Georgette who posted that message is (it's on barnesandnoble.com--not here) but the great Georgette Mosbacher, who hosted my book party back in October, has written two books and both are available on amazon!
Michael, thanks for mentioning your website. The photos, floor plans, etc. are of definate interest. Amazon.com recommended this book for me based on some purchases I've made, and it looks like a great read!