The “God Bless America” that we know today was forged from collaboration between its composer, Irving Berlin, and Kate Smith, the performer who first made it famous. Behind the scenes, though, the two of them battled for control of the song.
“Matilda is a gravy girl,” said Alice de Almeida, executive assistant at the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan’s Theater District. “She does have her dry food and then she loves her wet food, but it has to have gravy.”
Hedge-fund billionaires are envied and hated, demonized and mocked. Their outlandish behavior hasn’t done much for their image, as Sebastian Mallaby shows in “More Money Than God,” a history of the alpha males who play the alpha game.