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    DescriptionFor 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.


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    Title
    Sweet Revenge
    Subtitle
    The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Bower
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 355
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 621 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780345533944
    ISBN 10: 0345533941
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGF, APB
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15970
    BISAC V2.8: PER010000, BIO004000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC21: 781.64092
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC22: 792.42164092
    LC classification: ML429.C648 A2 2012
    Illustrations note
    ONE 16-PAGE COLOR INSERT
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    24 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Tom Bower has a distinguished reputation as an investigative historian, broadcaster, and journalist. After earning a law degree he went on to become a producer and reporter for BBC Television for twenty-five years, where he covered war, politics, intelligence, and finance. He is the author of nineteen books, including biographies of Robert Maxwell, Mohamed Al Fayed, Gordon Brown, Richard Branson, and Conrad Black. He lives in London, England.