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Michael Korda (born 8 October 1933) is an English-born writer and novelist who was editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster in New York City. Early years Born in London, Michael Korda is the son of English actress Gertrude Musgrove and the Hungarian-Jewish artist and film production designer Vincent Korda. He is the nephew of film magnate Sir Alexander Korda and his brother Zoltan Korda, both of whom were film directors. Korda grew up in the UK but received part of his education in France where his father had worked with film director Marcel Pagnol. As a child, Korda also lived in the United States from 1941 to 1946. He was schooled at the private Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland and read History at Magdalen College, Oxford. He served in the Royal Air Force doing intelligence work in Germany.The novelist Graham Greene was a lifelong friend. Korda met him on his Uncle Alex Korda's yacht. Career Korda moved to New York City in 1957 where he worked for playwright Sidney Kingsley as a research assistant and then later as a freelance reader in the CBS story department. In 1958 he joined the book publishing firm Simon & Schuster, beginning as an assistant editor, which included the task of reading slush pile manuscripts for Henry Simon.Many editors stick to one area of interest, but early on Korda demonstrated an ability and interest in editing both fiction and non-fiction. He states in his memoir that he edited books on everything from mathematics and philosophy, memoirs, fiction, translations from French, politics, anthropology and science history among others. One of the first books Korda bought was The Forest People by Colin Turnbull—a memoir of Turnbull's time living with the Mbuti Pygmies in the then Belgian Congo.After Robert Gottlieb left Simon & Schuster for Alfred A. Knopf, Korda became Editor-in-Chief of Simon & Schuster. Korda was a major figure in the book industry, publishing numerous works by high-profile writers and personalities such as William L. Shirer, Will and Ariel Durant, Harold Robbins, Irving Wallace, Richard Nixon, Richard Rhodes and Ronald Reagan. Korda was a major part of Simon & Schuster for more than forty years. In the autumn of 1994, he was diagnosed as having prostate cancer. In 1997 he wrote Man to Man, which recounted his medical experience. In 2000, he published Another Life: A Memoir of Other People, about the world of publishing.In addition to being an editor, Korda was also a writer. In the mid-sixties Korda began to write freelance articles for Glamour magazine and eventually wrote their film review column for almost ten years. Korda also wrote for Clay Felker's New York magazine including a piece that eventually became his first book, Male Chauvinism and How it Works at Home and in the Office. Korda's second book, Power!, reached the number one spot on The New York Times Bestseller list in 1975. Korda the writer was represented by agent Lynn Nesbit.Among Korda's other books are Charmed Lives, which is the story of his father and his two uncles, and the novel Queenie, which is a roman à clef about his aunt, actress Merle Oberon, which was later adapted into a television miniseries. Korda said he felt that Charmed Lives was the book he was born to write, "as if I had been observing and storing up memories with just that purpose in mind for years."Beginning in the 2000s, Korda wrote a number of history and biography books on the Hungarian Revolution, Dwight Eisenhower, T.E. Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. On writing histories Korda said, "I've always wanted to write history, and it was only the accident of going to work for a book publisher in 1958 (and the need to earn a regular paycheck) that slowed me down".Michael Korda is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Simon & Schuster. Private life Michael Korda was married to Carolyn "Casey" Keese from 1958 until their divorce in 1978. They had one child together, Chris, a musician and founder of the Church of Euthanasia. Later in 1978, Korda married Margaret Mogford, a former fashion model and the former wife of photographer Burt Glinn. The two shared a love of horses and met at the Claremont Riding Academy near Central Park while they were both still married to their spouses. He was Mogford's third husband. They co-authored a number of books together including Horse Housekeeping. Mogford died of brain cancer at age 79 in 2017, which Korda detailed in his 2019 memoir Passing.Korda has written about his personal life and his hobbies. An avid horseman and fox hunter, he authored Horse People and Horse Housekeeping. In 2001, Korda released Country Matters, which chronicled his life at his second home, Stonegate Farm. Bibliography Male Chauvinism and How It Works at Home and in the Office, Hodder and Stoughton, 1972 ISBN 0-340-19936-9 Power! How to Get It, How to Use It, Random House, New York, 1975, ISBN 0-394-49314-1 Success!, Ballantine Books, New York, 1977, ISBN 0-345-27741-4 Charmed Lives, Random House, 1979 ISBN 0394419545 Worldly Goods, Random House, 1982, ISBN 9780394512518 Queenie, Simon & Schuster, 1985, ISBN 0671466682 The Fortune, Summit Books, 1989, ISBN 0671601008 Curtain, Summit Books, 1991, ISBN 0671686844 Man to Man: Surviving Prostate Cancer, Little, Brown & Company, 1997, ISBN 0316882976 Another Life: A Memoir of Other People, Random House, 1999 ISBN 0-679-45659-7 Making the List: A Cultural History of the American Bestseller, 1900–1999, Barnes and Noble Books, 2001, ISBN 0760725594 Country Matters: The Pleasures and Tribulations of Moving from a Big City to an Old Country Farmhouse, New York: Harper, 2001, ISBN 978-0060197728 Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero, New York: HarperCollins, 2004, ISBN 978-0-06-059015-4 Marking Time: collecting watches and thinking about time, New York: Barnes & Noble, 2004, ISBN 9780760735763 Horse People: Scenes from the Riding Life, Harper Perennial, 2004, ISBN 9780060936761 Horse Housekeeping: Everything You Need to Know to Keep a Horse at Home (co-authored with Margaret Korda), 2005, ISBN 978-0060573089 Journey to a Revolution: A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Harper Perennial, 2006, ISBN 978-0-06-077262-8 Ike: An American Hero, 2008 With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain, Harper, 2009, ISBN 978-0-06-112535-5 Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, Harper, 2010, ISBN 978-0-06-171261-6 Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Harper, 2014, ISBN 978-0-06-211629-1 Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory, Liveright, 2017, ISBN 978-1631491320 Passing: A Memoir of Love and Death, Liveright, 2019, ISBN 978-1631494642Notable books as editor or publisher The Forest People by Colin Turnbull The Love Machine (1969) by Jacqueline Susann The Story of Civilization VII: The Age of Reason Begins by Will Durant and Ariel Durant The Fifth Horseman by Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierreReferences External link.... Discover the Michael Korda popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Michael Korda books.

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Ulysses S. Grant

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“Michael Korda has delivered a jewel of a short life of Ulysses S. Grant, a general deadly on the battlefield and unprepossessing off it. As a biographer Korda is Grant-like himself: unamb...

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Charmed Lives

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A Rolls Royce Silver Cloud drove him to airports; the British film industry kowtowed to his power; the great Hollywood studios fawned at his feet.Sir Alexander Korda, one of the world's most...

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Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory

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A BBC History Best Book of the YearOne of the most miraculous military rescue missions in modern history comes alive in this “superb and panoramic” (Washington Post) account ...

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Clouds of Glory

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In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times bestselling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence, has written ...

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Horse Housekeeping

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In Horse Housekeeping, Margaret and Michael Korda (she is a successful novice- and training-level eventer and he is the author of Horse People) provide everything you need to know to set up ...

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Horse People

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Bestselling author Michael Korda's Horse People is the story -- sometimes hilariously funny, sometimes sad and moving, always shrewdly observed -- of a lifetime love affair with horses, and ...

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Another Life

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In his remarkable memoir, at once frank, audacious, canny, and revealing, Michael Korda, the author of Charmed Lives and Queenie, does for the world of books what Moss Hart did...

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Ulysses S. Grant

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“Michael Korda has delivered a jewel of a short life of Ulysses S. Grant, a general deadly on the battlefield and unprepossessing off it. As a biographer Korda is Grant-like himself: unamb...

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The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was perhaps the most dramatic single event of the Cold War and a major turning point in history. Though it ended unsuccessfully, the spontaneous uprising of ...

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Man to Man

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Although prostate cancer is a disease that strikes nearly 200,000 men every year, it is a disease that has been shrouded in silence, in part because it strikes at the very core of masculine ...

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Catnip: A Love Story

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From silly to sweet, 365 cat sketches by Michael Korda, drawn with love for his wife With the imagination of a writer and the eye of an artist, Michael Korda doodled on the backs of ol...

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Country Matters

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With his inimitable sense of humor and storytelling talent, New York Times bestselling author Michael Korda brings us this charming, hilarious, self-deprecating memoir of a city couple's new...

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Hero

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From Michael Korda, author of the New York Times bestselling Eisenhower biography Ike and the captivating Battle of Britain book With Wings Like Eagles, comes the critically-acclaimed defini...

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Cat People

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With characteristic wit, self–effacing charm and sheer, exuberant love of a good cat story, New York Times bestselling author Michael Korda and his wife Margaret Korda recount their lives ...

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With Wings Like Eagles

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“[With Wings Like Eagles is] bold and refreshing… Korda writes with great elegance and flair.”—Wall Street Journal From the New York Times bestselling author of Ike and Horse People,...

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Ike

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Ike is acclaimed author Michael Korda's sweeping and enthralling biography of Dwight David Eisenhower, arguably America's greatest general and one of her best presidents—a remarkable man i...

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Passing: A Memoir of Love and Death

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In the tradition of The Year of Magical Thinking comes a legendary editor’s unflinching love song about his radiant wife, Margaret, and her battle with cancer.It was a warm Apr...

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Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory (Unabridged) MP3 Audiobook

Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory (Unabridged)

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Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of World War II and the great events that led to Dunkirk. An epic of remarkable orig...

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Eminent Lives: The Presidents Collection (Unabridged) [Unabridged Nonfiction]

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A perfect gift for your favorite history buff, or for your own collection, this audio set from the acclaimed Eminent Lives series is a must for anyone interested in the story of Amer...

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Passing: A Year of Love and Death

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In the tradition of The Year of Magical Thinking comes a legendary editor's unflinching love song about his radiant wife, Margaret, and her battle with cancer.It wa...

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Hero (Abridged)

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From Michael Korda, author of the New York Times bestselling Eisenhower biography Ike and the captivating Battle of Britain book With Wings Like Eagles, comes the critically-acclaimed defini...

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Curtain (Abridged)

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Clouds of Glory

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New York Times bestselling author Michael Korda's fresh, contemporary single volume historical biography of General Robert E. Lee—perhaps the most famous and least understood legend in Ame...

Journey to a Revolution: A Personal Memoir And History Of The Hungarian Revolution Of 1956 MP3 Audiobook

Journey to a Revolution: A Personal Memoir And History Of The Hungarian Revolution Of 1956

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The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was perhaps the most dramatic single event of the Cold War and a major turning point in history. Though it ended unsuccessfully, the spontaneous uprising of ...

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Man to Man: Surviving Prostate Cancer (Abridged)

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In the autumn of 1994, Michael Korda was diagnosed as having prostate cancer. For several years, he had been examined, tested, and medicated, always with the assurance that everything was al...

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Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero

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Michael Korda brings his acclaimed storytelling talents to the life of Ulysses S. Grant— a man who ended the Civil War, served two terms as president, and wrote one of the most successful ...

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Horse People: Scenes from the Riding Life

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Bestselling author Michael Korda's Horse People is the story—sometimes hilariously funny, sometimes sad and moving, always shrewdly observed—of a lifetime love affair with horses,...

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