The Bettencourt Affair

The Bettencourt Affair

The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris

eBook - 2017
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"Was the world's wealthiest woman--Liliane Bettencourt--heir to an estimated thirty-six-billion-dollar L'Oreal fortune, the victim of a con man? Or were her own family the real villains? This riveting narrative tells the real-life, shocking story behind the cause celebre that has captivated both France and the world. Liliane Bettencourt is the world's richest woman and the eleventh wealthiest person on the planet, as of 2016. But at ninety-four, she's embroiled in an incredible controversy that has dominated the headlines and ensnared a former president of France in the controversy. Why? [It is] thanks to an artist and photographer named Francois-Marie Banier, who was given hundreds of millions of dollars by Liliane. Liliane's daughter, Francoise, considers Banier a con man and filed a lawsuit against him, but Banier has a far different story to tell. It's all become Europe's biggest scandal in years, uncovering a shadowy corporate history, buried World War II secrets, illicit political payoffs, and much more. Written by Tom Sancton, a Vanity Fair contributor and former Time correspondent currently living in France, The Bettencourt Affair is part courtroom drama; part upstairs-downstairs tale; part business narrative of a glamorous global company with past Nazi connections; and part character-driven story of a complex, fascinating family and the intruder who nearly tore it apart"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101984482
1101984481
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Litterata5
Aug 16, 2019

Respectfully disagree with previous comment. No way could you pack all Stanton's deep and wide research and intensive search for the truth of a complex situation into a magazine article. It reads like a whodunnit with enormous wealth at stake, weaving in family dynamics, psychology, greed, politics, fashion, and a lot of "-isms," including ageism. Unlike a lot of media these days, the author-journalist is unbiased, allowing the reader to make his/her own decision, which I found refreshing. Anyone interested in French culture and history will find this a huge bonus. Highly recommend this book.

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kelliyfults
Jan 13, 2018

probably would have made a compelling magazine article...way too boring as a 300+ page book.

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