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This edition: Ethan Mordden, author of "The Guest List: How Manhattan Defined American Sophistication-From the Algonquin Round Table to Truman Capote's Ball"

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 29, 2010.

First aired: December 18, 2010.

The prolific writer/historian Ethan Mordden discusses his new book The Guest List: How Manhattan Defined American Sophistication. From the Algonquin Round Table to Truman Capote's Ball, in which he chronicles how Manhattan served as a beacon of sophistication from the 1920s to the 1960s, incurring the rest of the country's fascination laced with disdain.

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