Craig Brown's dry and acerbic 'Hello Goodbye Hello', does not want for euphoric reviews, (see The NY Times, Kirkus Review, Vanity Fair and the Washington Post), so let me place it at a perfectly fashionable and superficial angle. If you love socialites and celebrities , aristocrats and artists, statesmen and industrialists; in other words the motley selection of escapees from pedestrian reality that feed the best 20th century gossip, then this is your book.
If you like gossip deployed in suitably erudite tones with wry wit but are too ADD to read things like Harold Acton's dairies , then this is the book for you. If you want to watch Martha Graham collide into Madonna who collides into Michael Jackson who collides into Nancy Reagan, yes, this is certainly the book for you. Kindle it.
Read it in short bytes while waiting backstage, or while flying transatlantic or when sitting in cafes and cackle at the delicious megalomania of it all. Read it fast, before your oh-so directional friends get to it. Use it as impressive weaponry when your dinner party repartee falters. If power is an aphrodisiac then fame, fame, fatal fame is the worst hallucinogenic of them all. Buy this book. Read it dry. It's that genius.