Friends and Enemies: A Life in Vogue, Prison, & Park Avenue by Barbara Amiel

Full disclosure: the media baron turned convicted felon Conrad Black and his glamorous wife, Barbara Amiel, are friends of mine. Once, I spent an entire week as a houseguest at their ground-floor maisonette at 635 Park Avenue. The apartment was elegantly furnished by David Mlinaric, and full service was at my fingertips. Black and Amiel are archly conservative in their political life, but, shockingly, we get along without discussing our differences.

At the very end of Amiel’s new 608-page memoir, Friends and Enemies, she has compiled lists of both, divided by country. (Buy the book if only to discover whom she has blacklisted in each one.) In the U.S., those on the approved list include Anna Wintour, the late Jayne Wrightsman, Peggy Noonan, Rush Limbaugh, George F. Will, and yours truly. Amiel somehow managed to add an F to my name in the galley: “André F. Leon Talley.” Odd—she is so meticulous about everything in her life.