In post-WWII Paris, Madame Claude ran the most exclusive finishing school in the world. The names on her client list were epic - Kennedy, Rothschild, Onassis, Brando, Sinatra, Picasso, the Shah, and that's just for starters. Born Fernande Grudet, a poor Jewish girl, the future Madame led a life of high adventure - resistance fighter, concentration camp survivor, gun moll of the Corsican Mafia, and erstwhile streetwalker - before becoming the ultimate broker between beauty and power. She harnessed the emerging technology of the telephone to create the concept of the call girl.
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In this tell-all memoir, the only daughter of the man who was considered the "brains of the Mob" opens the door on her glamorous - and tragic - life. Sandi Lansky Lombardo, daughter of Mob boss Meyer Lansky, was raised in New York City in upper-class Jewish splendor and spent her childhood in the undeniable glitz of Havana and Las Vegas in Lansky's heyday in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. She dined out with her father and his associates when she was six and was introduced to Frank Sinatra when she was 11.
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Just as William Goldman, the ultimate screenwriter, took us inside Hollywood, Simon de Pury, the ultimate art player, will take us inside an even more secretive business, whose staggering prices, famous collectors, and high crimes are front-page news almost every day. The former chairman of Sotheby's Europe, the former owner of Sotheby's rival Phillips de Pury, and currently a London-based dealer and advisor to great collectors around the world, Simon has one of the highest profiles of any nonartist in the art world.
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