Saturday, September 11, 2010

GILDED LILY: PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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GILDED LILY
LILY SAFRA: The Making of One of
the World's Wealthiest Widows
BY ISABEL VINCENT


ABOUT THE BOOK:

The mesmerizing biography of one of the world's richest, most intriguing women—philanthropist and socialite Lily Safra
In the early morning of December 3, 1999, Lily Safra stood shivering in her nightgown on the grounds outside her sumptuous Monte Carlo penthouse where, just hours before, her fourth husband, reclusive billionaire Edmond Safra, died in a fire. An American nurse employed by the Safra family was eventually convicted of the arson death. Overnight, Lily became one of the wealthiest widows in the world.
The Brazilian-born Lily Safra was no stranger to tragedy. In 1969, her second husband, the Brazilian multimillionaire Alfredo Monteverde, died from two gunshots to the chest. The Brazilian authorities ruled it a suicide. In 1989, her beloved eldest son and four-year-old grandson died in a car accident. But just who is Lily Safra? Despite having become a fixture in society columns for her generous charity work and lavish parties, the elegant and enigmatic widow has remained in the background.
Gilded Lily tells Lily Safra's story for the first time. Using archival sources, court documents, and interviews with childhood friends and former employees in South America, investigative journalist Isabel Vincent chronicle's Safra's rise from humble origins in Brazil to fabled wealth in London, New York, and Monaco.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Isabel Vincent is an award-winning investigative journalist currently working for the New York Post. She is the author of Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced into Prostitution in the Americas; Hitler's Silent Partners: Swiss Banks, Nazi Gold, and the Pursuit of Justice; and See No Evil: The Strange Case of Christine Lamont and David Spencer. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times "T" Magazine, the Independent, Marie Claire, L'Officiel (Paris), and many other international publications. She lives in New York City.


PRAISE FOR GILDED LILY:

"Isabel Vincent has written a riveting account of the life of the international socialite and billionairess Lily Safra, allegedly the third richest woman in the world. As the widow of Edmond Safra, the most famous banker of his time, who was murdered in the Safra penthouse in Monte Carlo,Lily stepped into the spotlight of dark fame and became the most discussed woman in high-society circles in London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and New York. Ms. Vincent has written the whole story of Mrs. Safra’s fascinating life. She understands the details of the lives of the very, very rich. It’s a very good read.”
— Dominick Dunne, Vanity Fair reporter and expert on the Safra case

In this absorbing biography of Brazilian-born philanthropist and socialite Lily Safra—the first ever published—acclaimed investigative journalist Isabel Vincent (Bodies and Souls) delves beneath the intrigue surrounding one of the world’s richest women. From her humble beginnings in a Rio de Janeiro shantytown to the tragic death of her fourth husband, legendary billionaire banker Edmond Safra, in an arsonist’s fire in their Monte Carlo penthouse, Gilded Lily combines all the elements of compelling fiction in an absolutely enthralling account.




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68 comments:

debbie said...

It is interesting, that is sounds like her husbands didn't die of natural deaths. I would like to see how she kept marrying such rich men.
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I would like this book because it sounds amazing all the trials and tribulations Lily Safra went through and it makes a very interesting story.
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I have never heard of Lily Safra, but it sounds like she has left a fascinating and tragic life. I would love to read this!
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Anonymous said...

It doesn't sound like suicide for her husband, and why is Lily having so many tragedies in her life. This makes me want to read this book.

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justpeachy36 said...

I've always thought that Lily Safra was a woman with a lot of secrets. I think this book would be very interesting to read just to see what all those rich men may have seen in her.. LOL.

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I know nothing about this woman. I would like to read about her background.

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Pamela Keener said...

Wow what an interesting story. How can one woman survive all these difficulties. I bet the story is stranger than fiction and an awesome read.
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It sounds as if she has led a fascinating, albeit tragic, life. She has lost so much. Please count me in. Thank you!

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bison61 said...

how sad the death of husbands, son and grandson-what a fascinating life

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rbooth43 said...

She understands the details of the lives of the very, very rich. It’s a very good read.” Dominick Dunne reviewing this book is a great incentive for me to read GILDED LILY. I love his show on TRU TV.

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hendy said...

I find it intersting that she has experinced such tragedy with the sudden death of her 2nd husband and the deaths of her oldest son and grandson. I enjoy reading about strong, influential women.
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Lily seems to have a tragic life....would love to win the book and get the details

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