Sweet Revenge by Tom Bower

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This desire to get his own back sparked one of the most important rivalries in the history of human civilisation – not to mention 150 of the most tedious pages in the history of biography...
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Synopsis

For this definitive biography, acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Tom Bower was granted unprecedented access to Simon Cowell and those around him—and the result is a fascinating multilayered portrait of one of the world’s most intriguing television personalities ever to dominate the music industry.
 
Simon Cowell has made an international name for himself as the no-holds-barred judge on the television phenomenon American Idol. He’s been called mean, arrogant, brash, and unapologetic, but his stinging barbs and smug personality have also earned him cheers from fans, as well as millions of dollars, a string of exotic beauties, and industry clout to develop his own projects. But Cowell’s true reward is revenge.
 
Sweet Revenge is the ultimate insider’s account of Simon Cowell’s rise to fame—even as others plotted his downfall—from his cheeky exploits as a British school lad to his failures as a frustrated young music exec in London to his explosive rivalry with Simon Fuller over the genesis of the Idol franchise to the PR disaster that nearly sunk his wildly successful show The X Factor. Conducting more than 150 interviews with industry power players, Cowell’s inner circle, and Cowell himself on a private jet, chartered yacht, at his L.A. home, and on the studio lot, Tom Bower pulls back the curtain on a man who is at once insecure, ambitious, easily bored, vain, needy, and driven, a man who will go to any limit to secure his success. Cowell is also revealed as a loyal friend and loving son. His father, to whom Cowell was particularly close, became his most trusted adviser and mentor.
 
Packed with juicy details, exclusive interviews, and never-before-revealed facts, Sweet Revenge presents a complete picture of Simon Cowell that few have ever seen.
 

About Tom Bower

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Tom Bower has a distinguished reputation as an investigative historian, broadcaster and journalist and is the author of several ground-breaking books about tycoons. His most recent works are ‘Conrad and Lady Black’, ‘The Squeeze’ and his biographies of Simon Cowell and Bernie Ecclestone. Among his other much-debated biographies are those of Mohammed Fayed, Richard Branson and Robert Maxwell.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by John Crane on May 06 2012

This desire to get his own back sparked one of the most important rivalries in the history of human civilisation – not to mention 150 of the most tedious pages in the history of biography...

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Reviewed by Barbara Ellen on May 05 2012

...thank God TV success beckoned for Cowell because musical taste never would. Sadly, once "Nasty Simon" is ensconced as an international television judge-producer-mogul, the book becomes markedly less funny, and Cowell less endearing.

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Reviewed by Marina Hyde on Apr 26 2012

Cowell's entire life seems to be an ersatz version of something else...His lack of imagination is by turns stunning and comic.

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The Telegraph

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Reviewed by Michael Deacon on Apr 23 2012

Cowell cheerfully admits being “a bit odd”. It is perhaps his only recorded use of understatement.

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Express

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Reviewed by Clair Woodward on Apr 22 2012

Goddamit, by the time I turned the last page I still liked Cowell. Those twice-daily baths are clearly working.

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Independent.ie

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Apr 28 2012

Bower's book makes it clear that Cowell's one true love is, in fact, a man -- himself.

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New Statesman

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Reviewed by Sophie Elmhirst on May 16 2012

The world’s greatest music mogul is a spoiled child.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Breia Brissey on May 01 2012

I particularly enjoyed the ’90s pop music throwback that the book had to offer, but beyond that I could have easily skipped this one.

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Spectator Book Club

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Reviewed by Zenga Longmore on Apr 28 2012

Why would anyone want to buy this dreadful book?...Surely, if one wanted to read about Cowell and gaze at pictures of his over-indulged, hairy body, why not just browse the internet?

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Reviewed by Ashley Whittaker on May 18 2012

...his investigative skills cannot be faulted, but they do not transfer well to the celeb-gossip genre...Lesson to be learnt-don’t let a self-respecting, ‘proper’ journalist loose on one of our most interesting, enigmatic personalities, the opportunity will be wasted..

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