No matter who controls Afghanistan, its opium crop—more than 70 percent of the world’s supply—is creating narco-societies throughout Central Asia, from Russia to Pakistan. In Tajikistan, the author discovers the extent of the region’s drug corruption, which may prove more destructive than any terrorist threat.Read more
Denise Rich is all about connections: her hit songwriting powered her social aspirations, which powered her fund-raising. Marc Rich is defined by his money, the kind of wealth that moves governments and transcends borders. But despite their bitter divorce, Denise says, what drove her to seek a pardon for her ex-husband from Bill Clinton was a deeply personal tragedy—the death of their daughter. In interviews with Denise, with Marc’s new wife, Gisela, and with the U.S. marshal who spent 14 years trying to bring the financier to justice, Maureen Orth explores the passions behind Clinton’s farewell scandal.Read more
High-fashion muse and model Wallis Franken Montana plunged from the kitchen window of her Rue de Lille apartment in May, leaving the Paris couture world in a state of shock. The author investigates Montana’s tormented relationship with her husband, designer Claude Montana, the abusive “dark angel” who friends and family believe played a part in the American beauty’s death.Read more
Mohamed Al Fayed, controversial chairman of Harrods, owner of
the Ritz hotel in Paris, and onetime front man for the Sultan of
Brunei, is battles the Tory party and the British upper class in his
desperate bid to be an Englishman.