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    Rachel King 2019年06月07日

    以下是今年夏天一些最令人興奮的商業和新聞新書精選。

    圖片來源:Eva-Katalin Getty Images

    暑期閱讀清單不僅適合學生。這是一年當中在公園或海灘上讀新書最好的機會。以下是今年夏天一些最令人興奮的商業和新聞新書精選。

    《廣場飯店:美國最著名酒店的隱秘生活》(The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel

    作者:朱莉·薩托(Julie Satow)

    上市時間:6月4日

    不夜城紐約最著名的廣場飯店也有人寫書了,仿佛與今年春天剛收獲誘人回憶錄的好萊塢馬蒙特酒店遙相呼應。由《紐約時報》撰稿人、也是獲獎記者的朱莉·薩托撰寫的《廣場飯店的新歷史》中介紹了各種生動的故事,整本書妙趣橫生。廣場飯店建筑為法國文藝復興時期城堡風格,位于中央公園南部,很多故事都涉及現實生活中的人物,如1929年華爾街崩盤后打算在酒店浴缸中溺水自殺的花花公子哈里·布萊克;連鎖酒店老板康拉德·希爾頓;還有沙特王子阿爾瓦利德·本·塔拉勒。當然,還有唐納德·特朗普,近來似乎所有故事都跟他逃不開關系,不過廣場飯店曾經是他旗下最著名的資產之一。20世紀80年代頂峰時期,現任總統特朗普曾經以創紀錄的價格買下了該酒店,由第一任妻子伊萬娜經營,結果兩年后便宣告破產。最近一位名聲不佳且從未在酒店住過的印度大亨收購了廣場飯店,卻只能在德里的牢房里靠微薄的預算經營。由于可能被法院拍賣,2018年6月他將酒店出售給海灣國家卡塔爾。真是有趣。

    《圍攻:烈火烹油特朗普》(Siege: Trump Under Fire

    作者:邁克爾·沃爾夫(Michael Wolff)

    上市時間:6月4日

    又來了。這句話可以用來總結特朗普在推特風暴中的感受。關于邁克爾·沃爾夫關于特朗普白宮生涯的下一本書,也可以如此總結。這本是上一本《火與怒》的續集,主要介紹特朗普政府的第二年,一直寫到穆勒報告發布。特朗普在推文中稱第一本書中說的話是假的,結果是火上澆油,推動了該書銷量和首次印刷數量創下紀錄。我們只能想象《圍攻:烈火烹油特朗普》會爆什么猛料出來,所以最好抱著爆米花讀。

    《嚴肅的食客:美食愛好者尋找匹薩和救贖的冒險旅程》(Serious Eater: A Food Lover’s Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption

    作者:艾德·萊文(Ed Levine)

    上市時間:6月11日

    在大批Instagram用戶和Netflix上以拍攝美食為生的人們前往數千英里以外的國家,在最隱蔽的角落發現最好的街頭食品之前,我們發現很多勇于探索的博客和網站也在深挖食物背后的故事。“嚴肅飲食”便是開創性的網站之一。該網站成立于2005年,如今已成長為成熟的數字媒體中心,提供有關食物、家庭或旅行相關的一切內容。嚴肅飲食是餐飲界向外展示的主要窗口,創始人為艾德·萊文。這位曾經的烹飪界大獎詹姆斯·比爾德獎得主在書中講述了激勵他創立網站的初衷,不管放在當時還是現在來看,大部分原因聽起來實在很簡單,例如想吃世界上最好的百吉餅,或是將研究漢堡快餐店In-N-Out的秘密菜單,然后寫出來。種種想法現在看起來很奇怪,因為從人人都在努力模仿;之所以當時很奇怪,因為沒有人這么做過。也許萊文的工作以及對食物寫作的影響是基于一些人們還不知道存在的需要,但現在我們肯定要感謝他的貢獻和影響。書中的介紹跟嚴肅飲食網站上誘人的照片一樣讓人垂涎欲滴,建議聰明人:要么邊吃東西邊讀,要么就吃完再讀。

    《遠遠不夠:為自己爭取空間(不必理會別人怎么說)》(More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)

    作者:伊蓮·維特羅斯(Elaine Welteroth)

    上市時間:6月11日

    伊蓮·維特羅斯擔任《青少年時尚》雜志編輯時便已經聞名全國,當時她是有史以來最年輕,也是第二位在出版集團康泰納仕擔任該職位的非洲裔美國人,如今在Bravo電視臺最重要的節目《天橋驕子》擔綱主持人。維特羅斯還是個加州小女孩時就一直很優秀,她在新出回憶錄中也回顧了成長經歷,回憶錄書名《遠遠不夠》就是很準確的概括,也很勵志。該書從幾個層面深入探討了性別、年齡和種族的含義,正如她的出版商Viking Books總結道:“作為專業人士:不夠老,不夠‘時尚’。小時候:不夠漂亮,不夠聰明。作為混血:不夠黑,也不夠白。” 維特羅斯亮眼的簡歷和為《青少年時尚》注入的新聞專業性推動她成為媒體開拓者,不過該書也獲得諾貝爾和平獎得主馬拉拉·優素福·扎伊、編劇莉娜·韋瑟和明星瑞茜·威瑟斯彭等人認可,突出了她作為女權主義代表的地位。

    《流浪漢:亨利·福特和托馬斯·愛迪生10年公路旅行的故事》(The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip

    作者:杰夫·吉恩(Jeff Guinn)

    上市時間:7月9日

    夏天是適宜公路旅行的季節。約翰·斯坦貝克、杰克·凱魯亞克,甚至還有《權力的游戲》里的二丫和獵狗,大家都在路上。旅程總有種讓讀者癡迷的感覺。想象一下亨利·福特和托馬斯·愛迪生踏上公路旅行。不,真的。正如暢銷書作家杰夫·吉恩所說,美國企業界的兩大標志人物,還有輪胎大亨哈維·費爾斯通,三人自稱“流浪漢”,1914年至1925年在全國各地進行過一年一度的夏季旅行。流浪漢們在福特汽車的大篷車里配備了廚師、管家和隨從,不管在地標建筑、露營地、汽車旅館、餐館甚至加油站,都有一群記者跟著,可能是20世紀初的狗仔隊。不過他們的旅行還有附加作用:不僅宣傳福特汽車,也宣傳了一種新的民族生活方式,包括暑期度假和旅行。也許所謂社會“影響者”的概念并不算多新。

    《解放巴黎:艾森豪威爾、戴高樂和馮·肖爾鐵茨如何聯手拯救“光之城”》(The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light

    作者:讓·愛德華·史密斯(Jean Edward Smith)

    上市時間:7月23日

    2019年距離1944年6月6日諾曼底登陸已75周年,也是1944年8月巴黎從納粹占領下解放75周年。歷史學家和暢銷書作者讓·愛德華·史密斯通過三個主要人物的視角,跟蹤各方對巴黎的爭奪以及如何保護其免于毀滅。主要人物包括自由法國政府領導人戴高樂、美軍指揮官德懷特·艾森豪威爾和德軍指揮官迪特里希·馮·肖爾鐵茨。雖然我們知道最終結果如何,但通往勝利的道路非常混亂,而且至今仍有人質疑當時三人做出的許多決定。根據書中介紹,盟國打算繞過巴黎橫掃法國北部,因為從軍事角度來看法國首都并無戰略價值。但這項決定一旦出現失誤,哪怕只是小差錯,也可能比預想中付出更高的代價。

    《埃爾維斯在拉斯維加斯:貓王如何改造拉斯維加斯表演秀》(Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show

    作者:理查德·卓格林(Richard Zoglin)

    上市時間:7月23日

    在布蘭妮·斯皮爾斯之前,在詹妮弗·洛佩茲之前,也在席琳·迪翁之前。在所有曾經在拉斯維加斯閃耀的明星之前,只有一位真正的王者。正如時代戲劇評論家理查德·佐格林的新傳記作品《埃爾維斯在拉斯維加斯》中詳細描述,1969年埃爾維斯·普雷斯利在拉斯維加斯“城里最大酒店的最大展廳里”開始表演,演出為期四周,吸引的觀眾人數超過了拉斯維加斯歷史上任何一場。然而,許多批評人士指出,正是此次演出加速了他吸毒墮落,最終于1977年離世。佐格林則故意唱了反調,他認為此次演出重振了貓王的歌唱事業,表演更精彩,評價十分熱烈,而且七年中首次登上公告牌排行榜第一。后來貓王繼續演出,600多場均滿座。不管此次對搖滾之王來說是不是人生的轉折點,拉斯維加斯倒是借機改變了自身形象,迎來了大批中美洲的觀眾,至今其旅游業仍然有賴于此。(財富中文網)

    譯者:馮豐

    審校:夏林

    Summer reading lists shouldn’t be just for schoolkids. It’s the best time of year to relax at the park or on the beach with a fresh new book. Here is a selection of some of the most exciting releases in business and journalism books this summer.

    The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel by Julie Satow

    Available: June 4

    The most famous hotel in the City That Never Sleeps is perhaps New York’s answer to Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, which received the dishy memoir treatment this spring. New York Times contributor and award-winning journalist Julie Satow’s new history of the Plaza hotel comes packed with a host of juicy stories that don’t run out until the back cover of the book. Some of the going-ons and drama at the French Renaissance chateau-style building on Central Park South involve real-life characters like Harry Black, a womanizer who attempted to drown himself in his bathtub at the hotel after the 1929 Wall Street crash; hotelier Conrad Hilton; and Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Then, of course, there’s Donald Trump, seemingly inescapable from any story these days—although his association with the Plaza used to be one of his most famous assets. The now President bought the hotel for a record price at the peak of the 1980s, putting first wife Ivana in charge, only to bankrupt the hotel two years later. Most recently, a disgraced Indian tycoon, who never slept at the hotel, bought the Plaza—only to run it on a shoestring budget from his prison cell in Delhi. Facing foreclosure, he sold it in June 2018 to the Gulf state of Qatar. Fun times, indeed.

    Siege: Trump Under Fire by Michael Wolff

    Available: June 4

    Here we go again. Those four words could be used to sum up the feeling any time Trump goes on a tweetstorm. It can also be said regarding the next book from Michael Wolff about the Trump White House. This sequel to the explosive Fire and Fury will cover the second year of the Trump administration, leading right up to the delivery of the Mueller Report. Trump’s tweets about what he said was false in the first book only fueled the fire, propelling the title to record sales and first-print publishing numbers. We can only imagine what Siege: Trump Under Fire will reveal, so grab your popcorn now.

    Serious Eater: A Food Lover’s Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption by Ed Levine

    Available: June 11

    Before the deluge of Instagram accounts and Netflix docuseries professing to have found the best street food on the most tucked-away corner in a country thousands of miles from your home, there were a handful of what we now know to be trailblazing blogs and websites reporting about good food with meaningful backstories. Among these pioneering sites was Serious Eats. Launched in 2005 and now a fully fledged digital media hub for all things food, domestic, or travel-inspired, Serious Eats is a major outlet in the culinary world—all started by founder Ed Levine. The James Beard Award winner recounts what inspired him to start the site, much of which sounds almost laughably simple then or now, like wanting to eat the world’s best bagel or sample everything on In-N-Out’s secret menu, and then write about it. The ideas seem quaint now because everyone has tried to copy the approach since, and it was quaint then because no one had done it yet. Perhaps Levine’s work and influence on food writing was something we didn’t know we needed—but we’re surely thankful for his contributions and influence now. With a narrative almost as mouthwatering as the delectable photos on the Serious Eats website, a word to the wise: Read while and/or after eating.

    More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth

    Available: June 11

    Elaine Welteroth gained nationwide recognition when she became editor of Teen Vogue—at the time the youngest ever and only the second African American to hold that position at Condé Nast—and now as a host on Bravo’s cornerstone franchise Project Runway. But Welteroth has been hustling in the best sense of the word since she was a young girl in California, which she recaps in her new memoir, appropriately and inspiringly titled More Than Enough. The book dives deep on several levels as to what that means by gender, age, and ethnicity, as summed up by her publisher Viking Books: “As a professional: not old enough, not ‘fashion’ enough. As a young girl: not pretty enough, not smart enough. As an interracial person: not black enough, not white enough.” Welteroth’s impressive résumé and the level of journalism she infused at Teen Vogue are more than enough to distinguish her as a media trailblazer, but endorsements for her book from the likes of Malala Yousafzai, Lena Waithe, and Reese Witherspoon underscore her status as a feminist icon and champion for her generation.

    The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip by Jeff Guinn

    Available: July 9

    Summer is the season of road trips. Whether they involve John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, or even Arya and the Hound, there’s something about these journeys that readers can’t get enough of. Now imagine a road trip taken by Henry Ford[f500link] and Thomas Edison. No, really. As illuminated by bestselling author Jeff Guinn, the two icons of American enterprise, along with tire tycoon Harvey Firestone, dubbed themselves “The Vagabonds” and joined one another for annual summer trips around the country between 1914 and 1925. Outfitted in a caravan of Ford automobiles with an entourage of chefs, butlers, and other handlers, the Vagabonds were followed by a gaggle of journalists—perhaps the early 20th-century version of the paparazzi—at landmarks, campgrounds, motels, diners, and even gas stations. But their trips had a side effect: They were essentially advertising not only Ford cars but also a new national lifestyle involving summer vacations and life on the road. Maybe the idea of social “influencers” isn’t so new after all.

    The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light by Jean Edward Smith

    Available: July 23

    2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy (a.k.a. D-Day) on June 6, 1944. But that also means it’s the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi-occupied Paris in August 1944. Historian and bestselling author Jean Edward Smith tracks the race for Paris and the campaign to save it from destruction through the prism of three main characters: Free French government leader Charles de Gaulle, American commander Dwight Eisenhower, and German commandant Dietrich von Choltitz. Although we know how the story turned out, the path to victory was a tumultuous one—and plenty of the decisions these men made are still questioned today. As illuminated in the book, the Allies were going to bypass Paris and sweep across Northern France, as the French capital had no strategic value from a military standpoint. And yet the decision to turn south, even slightly, might have come at a higher cost than previously realized.

    Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show by Richard Zoglin

    Available: July 23

    Before Britney. Before J. Lo. Before Celine. Before all of the Las Vegas residencies you know now, there was only one true king. As detailed in TIME theater critic Richard Zoglin’s new biography Elvis in Vegas, Elvis Presley launched his Vegas act in 1969 at what was deemed “the biggest showroom in the biggest hotel in the city,” drawing more people for his four-week engagement than any other show in Sin City’s history. And yet many critics point to this as the beginning of the drug-fueled downward spiral to his 1977 death. Zoglin plays devil’s advocate, suggesting it actually resurrected his career with a comeback as a more exciting performer with better reviews and his first Billboard No. 1 hit in seven years. Presley would go on to perform more than 600 sold-out shows. And regardless of whether or not this was a pivot point for the King of Rock and Roll, Vegas changed its image too, welcoming a mass audience from Middle America that the city’s tourism industry still depends upon to this day.

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