Vanity Fair

Over the Rainbow, and Then Some!

At 37, Judy Garland was near death, thanks to alcohol and pills. Then, defying doctors’ orders, the star threw everything she had into a 1961 Carnegie Hall performance that became a showbiz legend.

May 2011
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Yahoo’s Geek Goddess

In the wake of Marissa Mayer’s jump from Google—where her dazzle sometimes wore thin—to run the struggling Yahoo, the author asks whether she will be its savior or its next big problem. A year and a half in, the results are mixed.

Jan 2014

Accounting for Obamacare

Inside the company that built healthcare.gov.

Dec 2013
By Editors Recommend

The Shape of Things to Come

As the tech industry finally turns its attention to architecture, the author explores what companies’ choices reveal about their cultures, their workforces, and the shifting relationship between city and suburbs.

Jan 2014

Lost “Exile”

The unlikely life and sudden death of The Exile, Russia’s angriest newspaper.

Feb 2010
By Editors Recommend

Designing Men

Meeting with Apple’s Jonathan Ive and his chum, the equally acclaimed Marc Newson, the author explores the shared obsession and philosophy behind everything from iPhones to jumbo-jet interiors.

Nov 2013

Looking for the Rainbow

Liza Minnelli seemed headed for the bottom after the drugs, the weight problems, the health scares, and the doomed love affairs. But now she’s marrying David Gest and launching a European tour.

Mar 2002

In the Kingdom of Big Sugar

The author investigates an epic legal war that pits Alfy and Pepe Fanjul’s American Dream against the nightmare of the migrant laborers they imported from Jamaica to do sugarcane harvesting.

Feb 2001

France’s Scarlet Letter

Ten percent Muslim, with the world's third-largest Jewish population, France is in crisis. And few are willing to name the poison behind more than a thousand acts of violence since 2001: anti-Semitism.

Jun 2003

Steve Forbes’s Quixotic Presidential Quest

Can Forbes pitch his political ideas loud enough and with enough conviction to drown out the talks surrounding his class status?

Jan 1996

The War They Wanted, the Lies They Needed

The Bush administration invaded Iraq claiming Saddam Hussein had tried to buy yellowcake uranium in Niger. The charge was false. Worse, it appears to have been the cornerstone of a highly successful “black propaganda” campaign.

Jul 2006

Saving the Saudis

Just days after 9/11, wealthy Saudi Arabians, including members of the bin Laden family, were whisked out of the U.S. on private jets. Did the Bush family’s long relationship with the Saudis help make it happen?

Oct 2003

American Rapture

Best-selling author and evangelical leader Tim LaHaye has contacts that extend to the White House. That could spell trouble, since his theology espouses a bloody apocalypse in Israel.

Dec 2005

From the Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Iraq

The same neocon ideologues behind the Iraq war have been using the same tactics to push for the bombing of Iran. As President Bush ups the pressure on Tehran, is he planning to double his Middle East bet?

Mar 2007

A Death in the First Family

John F. and Jackie Kennedy were famously photogenic, but friends noted that it wasn’t until his last days in office that the pair began to demonstrate physical affection for one another in public and in front of the cameras.

Jul 2013

Whose Yoga Is it, Anyway?

Sonia Jones, lithe blonde wife of hedge-fund billionaire Paul Tudor Jones, has partnered with the family of the late Ashtanga-yoga master Krishna Pattabhi Jois to launch a chain of yoga studios and boutiques. That’s got many of Jois’s devotees in a distinctly un-yogic twist.

Apr 2012

Did the Sons Know?

The question from everyone connected to Bernie Madoff’s sons is: How could they not have known their father was perpetrating a $65 billion fraud?

Jul 2009

diller@gehry.nyc

The swooping, white glass wonder that has risen alongside the Hudson River is the meeting of two notoriously strong-willed minds. Barry Diller wanted his company’s new headquarters to make a statement—without costing a fortune—and Frank Gehry wanted to design a commercial building as exciting as his Bilbao and L.A. landmarks. The author explores the partnership behind Gehry’s first freestanding structure in New York City.

Jun 2007

A Vroom of His Own

With its stainless-steel counters, halogen lights, and museum-style installations, D.A.D. Garage looks nothing like an everyday, oil-stained garage. Of course not—it belongs to Ralph Lauren, who owns 60 or so of the rarest, most valuable cars in the world.

Jan 2011

The King of Central Park West

Architect Robert A. M. Stern’s lucrative new apartment building is an ingenious homage to the classic Candela-designed apartment buildings on Park and Fifth Avenues where apartments have been snapped up by hotshot hedge-fund managers, established financial titans, and celebrities.

Sep 2008

A Monumental Conflict

Everyone agrees Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of America’s greatest leaders. But the effort to memorialize the 34th president—with a monument on four acres near the Capitol—has led to open conflict, pitting Eisenhower’s grandchildren against one of America’s most respected architects, Frank Gehry.

Aug 2012

Incident in the 70th Precinct

It started with a mêlée outside a Haitian nightclub and ended with charges of unspeakable police brutality in a bathroom at the Brooklyn precinct once nicknamed Fort Tombstone. It touched off an urban political war.

Dec 1997

Danger in the Ring

With major suits against NuvaRing’s manufacturer, Merck, headed for trial, the author asks why, despite evidence of serious risk, a potentially lethal contraceptive remains on the market.

Jan 2014
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Travels with Dr. Death

Dr. James Grigson, a.k.a. “the hanging shrink,” is a traveling salesman for the Texas death penalty. The author crosses the prairie with Dr. Death as he notches up three death sentences—two in one day.

May 1990