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Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780679457114
Author(s): Sylvia Jukes Morris
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2014
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions: 164 x 243 x 38 (w x l x h)
Pages: 735

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'I hope I shall have ambition until the day I die,' Clare Boothe Luce told her biographer Sylvia Jukes Morris. 'Price of Fame, 'the concluding volume of the life of an exceptionally brilliant polymath, chronicles Luce's progress from the early months of World War II, when, as an eye-catching Congresswoman and the only female member of the House Military Affairs Committee, she toured the Western Front, captivating generals and GIs. She even visited Buchenwald and other concentration camps within days of their liberation. After a shattering personal tragedy, she converted to Roman Catholicism, and became the first American woman to be appointed ambassador to a major foreign power. ''La Luce,'' as the Italians called her, was also a prolific journalist and magnetic public speaker, as well as a playwright, screenwriter, pioneer scuba diver, early experimenter in psychedelic drugs, and grande dame''of the GOP in the Reagan era. Tempestuously married to Henry Luce, the powerful publisher of Time Inc., she endured his infidelities while pursuing her own, and remained a practiced vamp well into old age. 'Price of Fame 'begins in January 1943 with Clare's arrival on Capitol Hill as a newly elected Republican from Connecticut. The thirty-nine-year-old beauty attracted nationwide attention in a sensational maiden speech, attacking Vice President Henry Wallace's civil aviation proposals as 'globaloney.' Although she irked President F Please click here to ask a question
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