Book on the history of Condé Nast sells to Simon & Schuster
Michael Grynbaum of the New York Times has sold a book on the story of Condé Nast to Simon & Schuster, Page Six exclusively learned.
The volume will be titled “Empire of the Elite”.
It was sold by David Kuhn of Aevitas Creative Management. Kuhn and Simon & Schuster have not commented on the sale and it is not known when the book on the media giant will go on sale.
Grynbaum is a media, television and political writer best known for reporting in 2007 that Michael Bloomberg was driven in a chauffeured SUV 22 blocks from the subway to take public transportation to work as mayor, among other stories. He has also covered Condé Nast, Hearst and other publishing houses.
The tome would come at a time of continuous and sweeping change at Condé Nast – where Vogue veteran Anna Wintour was last year appointed content director for the publishing giant.
The media landscape is teeming with former Condé Nast staff, as some old devices – from Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter to Glamor Cindi Leive – have left the fold in recent years, leaving a potential pool of sources to prepare.
It remains to be seen who will speak for the next book.
The company was started in 1909 by Condé Montrose Nast, and bought in 1959 by Samuel I. Newhouse for $ 5 million, apparently as a gift to his Vogue-loving wife. Newhouse then merged the company with his family’s Advance Publications, which remained the parent company of Condé Nast.
Previous books on the subject have included Nast’s biography of Susan Ronald, “Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire” in 2019.