First Edition of Doris Lilly's Those Fabulous Greeks; Lengthily Inscribed by Her
Those Fabulous Greeks: Onassis, Niarchos, and Livanos.
Item Number: 70097
New York: Cowles Book Company, 1970.
First edition of the Lilly’s third book. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Yreta- Whom I consider a close friend and for who I wish a marvelous year. It will be- I know. Lots of Love Doris Doris Lilly March 28, 1972 New York.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
The author of How to Marry a Millionaire is up to her tiara in billionaires in this triple biography that might be read for the scandal, definitely not for the style--""If he and the voluptuous widow ever put the show on the road, we'll never know and Ari won't tell."" Most of the book is about ""Ari,"" his fifty drachma to fabulous fortune success story with some interesting snide-swipes, like the disappearing ink on a contract he signed with an Arabian oil interest or his twenty-four hour war with Peru. And much is made of his bitter rivalry with his former brother-in-law Stavros Niarchos. Little is said of Stavros Livanos, the original shipping magnate, except that he was a man who spent a fortune maintaining his privacy and didn't like his sons-in-law very much. But Niarchos, a tanker tycoon in his own right, one-ups Ari all the way, at least according to Miss Lilly who happily reports that his yacht is the loveliest, he has taste and can wear clothes well and he is a champion skier whereas Ari, alas, slides into winter sports on his backside. All of the mating calls of the private jet set are hinted at, if not recorded, along with their lavish living.