Making the List by Michael Korda
A Cultural History of the American Bestseller, 1900-1999

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Making The List: A Clutural History Of The American Bestseller, 1900-1999, by Korda, Michael

About Michael Korda

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Michael Korda is the former editor in chief of Simon & Schuster and is the author of many books. He was born on October 8, 1933 in London, England, and is the nephew of Hungarian-born film magnate Sir Alexander Korda. Korda served in the Royal Air Force as is evident in some of his subject matter but his interests are varied. His books include, Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia (Harper 2010), With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain (Harper 2009), and Cat People, co-authored with his wife Margaret, (HarperCollins 2005). Michael Korda lives in Dutchess County, New York. He was a major part of Simon & Schuster for over 40 years and was responsible for accepting books that started the careers of writers like Harold Robbins and Jacqueline Susann in the 1960s. The content of their novels was seen as very for that time period.
Published October 1, 2001 by Barnes and Noble Books. 228 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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As a young editor, Michael Korda spent Wednesday evenings crowded into a colleague's office, sipping Jack Daniel's from paper cups and anxiously awaiting a report of the week's list of best-selling books.

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According to Korda (Country Matters, etc.), it was only in 1895 that someone—Harry Thurston Peck of the Bookman—published the first bestseller list, and that listed only fiction.

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