By Peter Rees
A whole biography of the fellow often called CEW Bean - conflict correspondent and reputable historian of worldwide conflict I - that for the 1st time captures and portrays the essence of the fellow, his paintings, his impact on Australian background, and the way Australians have noticeable themselves within the century because the nice warfare.
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Graydon came out from behind his desk and shut the door of his office. He was wearing a white, Jermyn Street shirt, a black tie with white polka dots and a pair of tan suit trousers. He looked anything but casual. “First of all, we don’t call ’em ‘secretaries’ over here,” he said. ’ And secondly, ‘casual’ doesn’t mean this—” He gestured at what I was wearing. “It’s a code word. It means khakis and a polo shirt. 4% never having attended one. “Flattery will get you 10 pages . . maybe,” Spy, August 1990.
You see, in its heyday Spy had been edited by two men. One of these was Kurt Andersen, a steely midwesterner who’d previously worked for Time; the other was Graydon Carter. As far as I was concerned Graydon was no less a figure than Walter Burns himself. 4 The first room O n July 5, 1995 , I had to decide what to wear for my first day at work. At that time Vanity Fair was based at 350 Madison Avenue between 44th and 45th, a twenty-three-story building a few blocks west of Grand Central station.
The “office” consisted of two Apple Macs and an Amstrad telephone/fax. When people called up and asked for the “subscription department” I simply handed the phone to Ed Porter, the deputy editor. He and I were the only full-time employees and we paid ourselves a grand total of £4,500 a year. No one could accuse us of being in it for the money. 6 To b y Yo u n g Towards the end of 1991 things were looking bleak. Maxwell’s application for an injunction against The Modern Review had been rejected, but he’d brought a civil suit against me personally and that was looming.
Bearing Witness: The Remarkable Life of Charles Bean, Australia's Greatest War Correspondent by Peter Rees