The Life Behind the Luxury is a new biography of Marjorie Post, illustrated with a wealth of historical photographs, archival documents, exquisite works of art, and other souvenirs of an extraordinary life.
As owner of Postum Cereal Company, and later a director of General Foods Corporation, Post wielded financial oversight of mansions on multiple estates, a yacht, fabulous jewelry, and an impressive art collection, capably creating and managing a twentieth-century life of luxury, complete with a butler, footmen, gardeners, and personal maids. But it was not Post’s ability to read a spreadsheet for which she was often noted in newspapers and magazines. While her good works made the news during times of war and economic crisis, her social gatherings, clothes, four marriages, four divorces, and her father’s suicide got more ink. Her life—in all its honorable, glamorous, and painful moments—was syndicated news, and not a private matter.
Post’s life was indeed opulent. In The Life Behind the Luxury we accompany her on an excursion aboard her yacht, the Sea Cloud, and travel to Camp Topridge on her plane for a “little weekend.” Author Estella Chung goes further, however, in revealing Post to be an astute business executive, a deeply caring and generous humanitarian, and a committed philanthropist. Hardcover, 200 pp.