Born and raised in the United States, Susan Ronald is a British-American biographer and historian of eight books, including A Dangerous Woman, Hitler's Art Thief, and Heretic Queen. She lives in rural England with her writer husband.
Praise for Conde Nast
"In her new biography, Susan Ronald describes [Nast's] ambitions and excesses, and the simultaneously fashionable and intellectual world he inhabited." --The New Republic "Groundbreaking...This big, glittering book provides a full and human portrait of Conde Nast. Lively, detailed descriptions of the early decades of the 20th century complete the setting of Nast's life story." --Christian Science Monitor"Ronald's account succeeds as a social history of this fizzy time as she documents the interconnected worlds covered by Vogue and Vanity Fair -- fashion, high society, literature, the arts and entertainment -- from writers Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley of the Algonquin Round Table to New York socialites won over by Nast's charm offensive." --Newsday"With her breezy, gossipy style, Ronald brings to life the story of the influential American publisher and his magazines." --Library Journal"[Ronald] does an exceptional job of integrating the story of Nast's personal fortunes and misfortunes and the lives of those he sought to refine and educate." --Booklist"The thoroughly researched story of Conde Nast...a highly flattering biography of an important figure in American publishing." --Kirkus Reviews"Ronald writes in a vivid, sparkling, amused style...and revels in the era's repartee, clothes and gossip. ...her evocation of the vibrant scene around [Nast] will keep readers entertained." --Publishers Weekly
Praise for A Dangerous Woman
"Energetic...Ronald's group portrait is breath-taking and quite modern." --New York Times Book Review
"A lively picture of the world in which Florence moved, with all its intricate financial shenanigans, rivalrous investors and glittering social occasions." --Wall Street Journal "Ronald traces Gould's amoral life and high-flying times...elegant and beautiful, she used sex and charm as her currency, trading them for favors and luxuries that let her sail through the war years unscathed." --New York Post
Praise for Hitler's Art Thief
"[A] riveting portrait of Gurlitt, who detested the Nazis, and stole from them, but did their bidding in the name of 'saving modern art'." --The New Yorker"Susan Ronald situates Gurlitt's life and career amid the turmoil of Weimar Germany and then the evolution of Nazi art-looting campaigns from the late 1930s to the end of World War II. Ms. Ronald, a popular historian, presents many new details about Gurlitt's dealings." --The Wall Street Journal"Susan Ronald's new book tells the back story of what may be the most startling art-world bust in modern history." --USA Today"Susan Ronald chronicles one man's extraordinary career of thievery...an exhaustively researched and well written book that has a cautionary tale for all of us." --Forbes