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Nina Munk

Nina Munk, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Fortune. Among other literary prizes, she has been awarded three Business Journalist of the Year Awards (including "most outstanding winner of all categories") and three Front Page Awards. Her article about mismanagement at Harvard University was shortlisted for a Gerald Loeb Award and is included in "The Great Hangover: 21 Tales of the New Recession from the Pages of Vanity Fair."Nina's newest book is "The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty," the profound and moving story of what happens when the abstract theories of a brilliant, driven man meet the messy reality of human life. Deeply reported over a period of more than six years, "The Idealist" is the result of repeated journeys to sub-Saharan Africa where Nina not only sat in on Sachs's official meetings with heads-of-state, but also immersed herself in the lives of people in two isolated villages, Ruhiira, in southwest Uganda, and Dertu, on the arid border of Kenya and Somalia. Accepting the hospitality of camel herders and small-hold farmers, and witnessing their struggle to survive, Nina reveals clearly and empathetically the hurdles that lie on the path to ending global poverty."The Idealist," nominated for the Lionel Gelber Prize and a finalist for the Governor General's Award and the National Business Book Award, has been widely praised. Reviewers have described it as "masterful," "incisive," "fascinating," "sharply rendered," and "riveting." It has been named a Book of the Year by The Spectator, Forbes, and Bloomberg, among others.Nina's book "Fools Rush In: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Unmaking of AOL Time Warner" has been described by critics as a "tour de force" and "an addictive read." The New York Times Book Review lauded Fools Rush In for its "exemplary reporting" and its "lively, lucid writing.""The Art of Clairtone: The Making of a Design Icon, 1958-1971," which Nina co-wrote with curator Rachel Gotlieb, records the sensational rise and collapse of the celebrated stereo manufacturer Clairtone Sound Corp. The book led to an important exhibition of Clairtone stereos and artifacts at the Design Exchange museum in Toronto .Born in Canada and raised in Switzerland, Nina Munk lives in New York City. She has a Bachelor's degree in comparative literature from Smith College and a Master's degree in French language and literature from Middlebury College. She earned a second Master's, with honors, from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, where she was awarded the Philip Greer Scholarship Award for Financial Writing and the New York Financial Writers' Association C. Norman Stabler Scholarship. Before joining Vanity Fair in 2001, Nina was a senior writer at Fortune and a senior editor at Forbes.As a sideline to her career as a journalist, Nina founded the website Urbanhound.com in 2000. The site was named "Best of the Web" by Forbes and "Best in Show" by Entertainment Weekly. The New York Times referred to it as a "pedigreed and permanent fixture within the city's zealous dog culture." In 2009, Urbanhound was sold to FetchDog, an e-commerce and catalog company based in Maine.

The Best 5 Books on Nina Munk

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UrbanHound: The New York City Dog's Ultimate Survival Guide

URBANHOUND, the single most essential guide for New York dog owners, explains it all in 12 fact-packed chapters that cover everything from dog runs and dog walkers to dog health, dog law, dog fun, dog travel, and dog supplies. Do vets make house calls? Can dogs get West Nile Virus? If my dog barks a lot can I be evicted? Where can I find reliable doggie daycare? A comprehensive Index ­ with listings from Accessories to Woofstock ­ provides instant access to everything you need, want, or wonder about in New York¹s amazingly diverse canine community.
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The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty by Nina Munk ( 2013 ) Hardcover

The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty by Nina Munk ( 2013 ) Hardcover
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The Art of Clairtone: The Making of a Design Icon, 1958-1971

A fully illustrated, stylish look back at the story behind a Canadian design icon.

For a decade, in the 1960s, Clairtone Sound Corporation captured the spirit of the times: sophisticated, cosmopolitan, liberated. From its modern oiled-walnut and teak stereos to its minimalist logos and promotional materials, Clairtone produced a powerful and enduring body of design work.

Founded in 1958 by two young Canadians, Peter Munk and David Gilmour, Clairtone quickly became known for its iconic designs and masterful advertising campaigns. Its acclaimed Project G stereo, with its space-age styling, epitomized the Swinging Sixties. Famously, Hugh Hefner owned a Project G. So did Frank Sinatra. Oscar Peterson affirmed that his music sounded as good on a G as it did live. In 1967, suggesting how deeply Clairtone’s G series had come to be identified with popular culture, the G2 appeared in The Graduate with Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft.

With 250 illustrations, including previously unpublished drawings, rare film stills, confidential memorandums, and original photography, The Art of Clairtone is a candid and in-depth look at the company’s skyrocketing success — and sensational collapse. Through the recollections of those who knew Clairtone best, from its founders to its designers, engineers, and salesmen, and with comments from Karim Rashid, Douglas Coupland, Tyler Brûlé, and Bruce Mau, among others, this elegant book, published on the 50th anniversary of Clairtone’s launch, celebrates an iconoclastic company that once seemed to represent the promise of Canada.
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Fools Rush In : Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Unmaking of AOL Time Warner

Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: HarperBusiness (January 1, 2004) ISBN: 0060540346 Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches Fools Rush In is the definitive account of one of the greatest fiascos in the history of corporate America. In a narrative fraught with drama, Nina Munk reveals the overweening ambition and moral posturing that brought down the Deal of the Century. With painstaking reporting and the remarkable eye for detail she's known for, Munk lays out, step by step, the anatomy of a debacle. Irreverent, witty, and iconoclastic, she sees through it all brilliantly. "As in all great Greek tragedies, you knew the plot before it played out," one perceptive insider told Munk on the subject of the AOL Time Warner deal; "you knew who'd be sacrificed at the altar." Here's what we discover in Fools Rush In: In their single-minded quest for power, Steve Case and Jerry Levin were at each other's throats even before the deal was announced. Bob Pittman was regarded! as a "windup CEO" by Case, and viewed as a hustler by just about everyone at Time Warner. Ted Turner underestimated Jerry Levin's ruthlessness badly. And Levin himself, convinced he was creating a great legacy comparable to that of Time Inc.'s founder, Henry Luce, refused to acknowledge the obvious: that, with a remarkable sense of timing, Steve Case had used grossly inflated Internet paper to buy Time Warner.
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The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
BloombergForbesThe Spectator

Recipient of Foreign Policy's 2013 Albie Award


In 2006, Jeffrey Sachs—celebrated economist, special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, and author of the influential bestseller The End of Poverty— launched the Millennium Villages Project, a daring, $120-million experiment designed to test his theories about ending poverty. For six years, Nina Munk shadowed Sachs on his trips to Africa, listened in on conversations with heads-of-state and humanitarian organizations, and immersed herself in the lives of people in two remote African villages.  Munk came to understand the real-life issues that challenge Sachs’s formula for ending global poverty. The Idealist is the profound and moving story of what happens when the abstract theories of a brilliant, driven man meet the realities of human life.
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