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THE MAN WHO WAS VOGUE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CONDÉ NAST by Caroline Seebohm Viking; 390 pages; $18.95

There was an air of mystery about him, a hint of longings and disappointments beneath the veneer of privilege. It may have been the company he kept, a circle that embraced society matrons and jazz musicians but few people he could call friends. It may have been the parties, those lavish buffets for 600 or so at his 30-room Park Avenue penthouse or his vast Long Island estate, functions at which he never seemed quite...

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