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Madsen, Axel

Overview
Works: 56 works in 407 publications in 9 languages and 17,065 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PN1998.A3, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Axel Madsen
John Jacob Astor : America's first multimillionaire by Axel Madsen( )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When he died a few months short of his eighty-fifth birthday, John Jacob Astor was the richest man in the United States. The fortune he left behind represented an astounding one-fifteenth of all personal wealth in America. Now, in this biography, author Axel Madsen deftly examines the private life of the first multinational entrepreneur of the New World." "John Jacob Astor tells the tale of this German-born son of a butcher who made his fortune in a new world where his money influenced public policy and led him to socialize with presidents and kings. This book features some of the most fascinating figures in the early history of the United States, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Aaron Burr, and Washington Irving."
Chanel : a woman of her own by Axel Madsen( Book )

51 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, who revolutionized fashion and was a force and legend in her time
Cousteau : an unauthorized biography by Axel Madsen( Book )

23 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Axel Madsen authored twenty-two books, including sixteen biographies. His most notable works include an in-depth look at the life of a legendary fashion icon, Chanel: A Woman of Her Own, and an investigation of the relationship between Gloria Swanson and Joe Kennedy, Gloria and Joe: The Star-Crossed Love Affair of Gloria Swanson and Joe Kennedy. Madsen began his journalism career as a legman for columnist Art Buchwald in Paris, and later wrote one of the first books on television's longest-running news magazine show, 60 Minutes: The Power and the Politics of America's Most Popular TV News Show
Hearts and minds : the common journey of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre by Axel Madsen( Book )

43 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dual biography of the two most influential socio-political moralists of the 20th century, whose lives were intertwined personally and intellectually for more than forty-six years. Madsen provides an engrossing view of the luminously transparent relationship that was unconventional yet faithful to its ideals
The deal maker : how William C. Durant made General Motors by Axel Madsen( )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the biography and success and ultimate failure of William C. Durant who created General Motors Corporation
60 minutes : the power & the politics of America's most popular TV news show by Axel Madsen( Book )

6 editions published in 1984 in English and Spanish and held by 1,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An investigation of the television news show examining its methods, its stars, its ethics and its future
Stanwyck by Axel Madsen( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this penetrating, sensitive portrait, Madsen traces the orphaned Stanwyck from her childhood in a succession of foster homes and her gritty days as a Ziegfeld chorus girl, to triumph in Hollywood at its zenith, through her lonely final years. He examines Stanwyck's two famous marriages - the divergent career trajectories and violence that destroyed the first, to Broadway star Frank Fay, and the troubled sexual dynamics at the heart of her celebrated union with Robert Taylor, probing for the first time rumors of Taylor's homosexuality and the widespread belief that Stanwyck was bisexual. And with sympathy and insight he explores the depths of Stanwyck's obsession with Taylor years after their devastating breakup, and her decades-long estrangement from her son. Barbara Stanwyck is one of America's most riveting screen icons, an endlessly intriguing enigma. Now, at last, with Stanwyck, Axel Madsen takes fans to the heart of the mystery, to reveal the complex, indomitable woman beneath the facade
Malraux : a biography by Axel Madsen( Book )

14 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authorized biography of the most important man of letters in 20th century France: Andr & eacute; Malraux, French novelist, art theorist, and France & rsquo;s Minister of Cultural Affairs
Gloria & Joe by Axel Madsen( Book )

12 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the secret three-year love affair of 1920s movie star Gloria Swanson and businessman and political patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., provides a revealing portrait of two of the century's most famous people and a glimpse of Hollywood in the Roaring Twenties
Billy Wilder by Axel Madsen( Book )

20 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The deal maker : how William C. Durant made General Motors by Axel Madsen( )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William C. Durant did big things the big way: he overreached, but, until his final failure, he picked up the pieces time after time to confound his competitors. From a turbulent childhood in the small town of Flint, Michigan, to his phenomenal success in creating General Motors, Durant's meteoric career easily rivals the success stories of modern legends
William Wyler : the authorized biography by Axel Madsen( Book )

19 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During roll call on her first day of nursery school, a little girl decides she doesn't like her name and wants to change it
Silk roads : the Asian adventures of Clara & André Malraux by Axel Madsen( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Andre and Clara Malraux had the world at their feet. Wealthy and carefree, their life was a bohemian idyll, spent frequenting the hottest clubs and restaurants, travelling and mingling with the Paris literary set. ... Andre dreamt up a plan to travel to French Indochina where they would collect temple treasures and sell them for a huge profit in America. Against all the odds - jungle fevers, inexperience and uncooperative locals - they succeeded. But their treasure hunt turned into a dangerous crusade when Clara and Andre set up an anti-government newspaper in Saigon, defiantly exposing colonial injustices, corruption and the government's stifling of Asian culture."--Publisher's description
The sewing circle : Hollywood's greatest secret : female stars who loved other women by Axel Madsen( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the documented story of some of the most glamorous women in the world who lived two lives--in public as larger-than-life romantic heroines of the screen, and in private as lesbians or bisexuals. From the early years of the "talkies" through the beginning of the 1950s, they were secretly known as the Sewing Circle, and this is their story. Among them were Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Tallulah Bankhead, Katherine Cornell, Barbara Stanwyck, and Joan Crawford. Others whose secret lives are divulged for the first time: Maude Adams, Lynn Fontanne, Myrna Loy, Edith Head, Janet Gaynor, Jill Esmond, Elsa Lanchester, Isadora Duncan, Laurette Taylor, Libby Holman, Marjorie Main, Agnes Moorehead, and Dame Judith Anderson.--Publisher description
Sonia Delaunay : artist of the lost generation by Axel Madsen( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sonia Delaunay, wife of painter Robert and co-founder of the Orphist school in 1910, was the center of a brilliant circle in Paris. Madsen offers a rich and compelling look at this fascinating and influential woman, the first living female artist to have a retrospective show at the Louvre
John Huston by Axel Madsen( Book )

12 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first major biography of the famous and controversial director John Huston, whose 37 films & mdash;including The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, and The African Queen & mdash;are considered classics and garnered him 15 Academy Award nominations and two wins
Private power : multinational corporations for the survival of our planet by Axel Madsen( Book )

13 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Marshall Fields by Axel Madsen( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At a time when the average American earned $500 a year, Marshall Field enjoyed a tidy annual income of $40 million. Unlike his robber-baron contemporaries, however, Field was the enlightened prince of the Gilded Age. Always looking toward the future, he built his department store empire on a solid foundation of quality, customer service, and a hard-earned reputation for honesty and good character. His attempts to secure the future of his family and his fortune were less successful." "The Marshall Fields follows this terse and industrious young farm boy's career as he learns how to make millions by knowing what women want. It reveals the tactics and innovations that enabled Field to keep his business growing while many around him succumbed to the ravages of the Chicago fire, bank panics, and constant, fierce competition. But Field's phenomenal success came at a high price."--Jacket
Living for design : the Yves Saint Laurent story by Axel Madsen( Book )

10 editions published between 1979 and 1994 in 4 languages and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de Franse couturier (1936-2008)
The new Hollywood; American movies in the '70s by Axel Madsen( Book )

9 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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John Jacob Astor : America's first multimillionaire
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Chanel : a woman of her ownThe deal maker : how William C. Durant made General MotorsStanwyckThe deal maker : how William C. Durant made General MotorsSilk roads : the Asian adventures of Clara & André MalrauxThe sewing circle : Hollywood's greatest secret : female stars who loved other womenThe Marshall Fields
Alternative Names
Axel Madsen American journalist

Axel Madsen Amerikaans journalist (1930-2007)

Axel Madsen periodista estatunidenc

マドセン, アクセル

Languages
English (247)

German (27)

Spanish (16)

Dutch (14)

Chinese (6)

Finnish (2)

Danish (2)

Japanese (2)

Swedish (2)