Another Life

B-
May 21, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

For the last 30 years Michael Korda has reigned glamorously as editor in chief of Simon & Schuster. (General rule: Publishing types who write their own books are always published by someone else.) Another Life, the story of those years, is so packed with literary tales that a better title might have been Authors I Have Known. The cast ranges from Jacqueline Susann to Richard Nixon, from Joan Crawford obsessing over the flowers in her hotel room to Ronald Reagan rewriting history to put himself at the liberation of the concentration camps. As for any discussion of Korda’s own role, forget it. Of all the characters in this book, the author is the least distinct. The result, while never boring, is also as unsatisfying as scarfing canapes when you’re really craving a three-course meal. B-

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