The House of Gucci: A True Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed

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Harper Collins, May 8, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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The sensational true story of murder, madness, glamour, and greed that shook the Gucci dynasty, now fully updated with a new afterword

On the morning of March 27, 1995, four quick shots cracked through Milan’s elegant streets. Maurizio Gucci, heir to the fabulous fashion dynasty, had been ambushed, slain on the steps to his office by an unknown gunman. Two years later, Milan’s chief of police entered the sumptuous palazzo of Maurizio’s ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani—nicknamed “the Black Widow” by the press—and arrested her for the murder.

Did Patrizia kill her ex-husband because his spending was wildly out of control? Did she do it because he was preparing to marry his mistress? Or is it possible Patrizia didn’t do it at all?

The Gucci story is one of glitz, glamour, and intrigue—a chronicle of the rise, near fall, and subsequent resurgence of a fashion dynasty. Beautifully written, impeccably researched, and widely acclaimed, The House of Gucci is a page-turning account of high fashion, high finance, and heartrending personal tragedy.

 

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User Review  - waldhaus1 - LibraryThing

The book begins with the shooting of Mauricio Gucci in the early nineties. It then rewinds to present a history of the firm. It Is from Florence Italy. While there is a legend the family built saddles ... Read full review

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User Review  - clamato - LibraryThing

What a jam-packed ride! A page turner dense with details, history and intrigue! I was sucked into the life of this crazy family drama. Very well researched and so interesting. I have not seen the ... Read full review

Contents

A DEATH
1
the gucci dynasty
6
gucci goes american
26
youthful rebellion
42
family rivalries
62
paolo strikes back
79
wins and losses
91
maurizio takes charge
101
changing partners
127
Americans
151
A DAY IN COURT
161
divorce
180
a mountain of debts
197
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About the author (2012)

Sara Gay Forden is the former Milan bureau chief and business correspondent for Women's Wear Daily. Now editor in chief of the new Italian magazine L'UNA, she lives in Milan with her Italian husband and their young daughter.

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