The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume

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Harper Collins, Nov 9, 2010 - History - 320 pages
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“Who knew that such a tiny bottle housed so many secrets?” —Michael Tonello, author of Bringing Home the Birkin

Tilar J. Mazzeo, author of the New York Times bestseller The Widow Clicquot (an Amazon Best of the Month book in October 2008) returns with a captivating history of the world’s most famous, seductive, and popular perfume: Chanel No. 5. Mazzeo’s sweeping story of the iconic scent (known as “le monstre” in the fragrance industry) stretches from Coco Chanel’s early success to the rise of the seminal fragrance during the 1950s to the confirmation of its bestseller status in today’s crowded perfume market.

“Here is the life of one of the 20th century’s most interesting and deeply complicated women, a fascinating cultural history, and the story of an extraordinary perfume.” —Chandler Burr, New York Times scent critic and author of The Perfect Scent

 

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User Review  - byshieldmaiden - LibraryThing

Not much really new here if you've read any bio of Coco Chanel. While the brief history of perfumeria is interesting, it's not enough tif you're familiar with Chanel's life. However, I would recommend ... Read full review

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

I liked the history of the times and the iconic perfume but the writing style was lackluster and several facts were repeated too much, unable to camouflage the lack of information available. Read full review

Contents

Three The Scent of Betrayal
23
TWelve
119
An Icon of the 1950s
181
The Art of Business
193
The End of Modern Perfumery
205
Afterword
213
Acknowledgments
219
Bibliography
261
Index
269
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Tilar J. Mazzeo is the author of numerous works of cultural history and biography, including the New York Times bestselling The Widow Clicquot, The Secret of Chanel No. 5, and nearly two dozen other books, articles, essays, and reviews on wine, travel, and the history of luxury. The Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English at Colby College, she divides her time between coastal Maine, New York City, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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