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Ethan Mordden on The Guest List: How Manhattan Defined American Sophistication — From the Algonquin Round Table to Truman Capote’s Ball

Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker enjoys success in Paris during the 1920s 

photo courtesy of Jean-Claude Baker


on Thirteen:

Friday, February 11th
at 12:30 AM

The prolific writer/historian Ethan Mordden discusses his new book The Guest List, in which he chronicles how Manhattan served as a beacon of sophistication from the 1920s to the 1960s, attracting the rest of the country’s fascination laced with contempt and disdain. Mordden profiles luminaries from Walter Winchell to Cole Porter to Capote, as well as Josephine Baker (left), commentator Dorothy Thompson and her arch-nemesis, the aviator and pre-WWII isolationist Charles Lindbergh.

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