Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour, and the Sex in Aviation's Glory Years

Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour, and the Sex in Aviation's Glory Years


By (author) William Stadiem

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  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 30mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 16 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0345536959
  • ISBN 13: 9780345536952
  • Illustrations note: black and white photos throughout
  • Sales rank: 146,467

Product description

Like a superfueled season of Mad Men, William Stadiem's Jet Set evokes a time long gone but still vibrant in American memory: the glamorous decade when people took to the skies in massive numbers as never before, with the rich and famous elbowing their way to the front of the line. Bestselling author and Vanity Fair contributor Stadiem has written the first book about the Jet Age--in a rollicking, sexy romp through the ring-a-ding glory years of air travel, when escape was the ultimate aphrodisiac and the aisles were as wide as the smiles.

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Author information

William Stadiem is the author of such bestsellers as "Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe Confidential, " and "Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond," as well as such acclaimed works of social history as "Too Rich: The High Life and Tragic Death of King Farouk." He writes for "Vanity Fair" and has been the Hollywood columnist for Andy Warhol's "Interview" and the restaurant critic for "Los Angeles""Magazine." A Harvard JD-MBA and former Wall Street-based international lawyer, Stadiem is also a screenwriter whose credits include Elizabeth Taylor's last starring vehicle, Franco Zeffirelli's "Young Toscanini, "and the television series "L.A. Law."

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"Aeronautics history, high times from the 1950s and '60s, incredibly versatile name-dropping (from Mrs. John Jacob Astor to Christine Keeler of the Profumo scandal) and Sinatra's 'Come Fly With Me' as a kind of theme song [all] connected to the glamorous days of air travel."--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" " " "What a book William Stadium has written. . . . The Kennedys, the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, and early financiers like Eddie Gilbert are dealt with in depth. . . . I lived intimately through it all in the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s and I am yet to find a mistake in author Stadiem's amazing book. Order it now. All the players are here."--Liz Smith, syndicated columnist " " "William Stadiem sexes up the glory days of aviation in "Jet Set." Fly me!"--"Vanity Fair" " " "William Stadiem's "Jet Set" takes you where no modern airliner can: to a time . . . when the means of travel was as exotic as the destination, and sometimes more so. The aerodynamic Kennedys were in the White House, Braniff stewardesses wore uniforms designed by Emilio Pucci . . . and no tourist made a move without consulting "Fielding's Travel Guide to Europe, "a 900-page compendium of the continent's finest restaurants and most companionable 'hostesses.'"--"Town & Country" "An interesting, entertaining read, full of colorful characters and the author's thoughtful contemplation of the world of aviation."--"Publishers Weekly" "An intoxicating spin through an era of supreme elegance and dazzling innovation, "Jet Set" more than lives up to its turbocharged title. With a sharp eye for detail and a knack for sparkling prose, William Stadiem re-creates the heady days when artists, tycoons, and viscounts sipped Canadian Club and dined on lobster thermidor while zooming across a new frontier. In doing so, he pays homage to the true American visionaries who made that luxurious travel possible--the engineers and entrepreneurs who understood just how much the long-r