Adding politics and power to journalism and drama clare used sex street smarts acid humor and money to plot a career more improbable than anything in her own fiction not content with mere wealth and the acclaim of transatlantic caf society clare boothe luce confessed to a rage for fame. Rage for fame the ascent of clare boothe luce is an unflinching look at the life of clare boothe luce from birth until her election to congress in 1942 morris describes a complicated egotistical self involved woman who coasted from adventure to adventure success to success and lover to lover with only the most minor friction to slow her . Reagan pals tell a story about the night nancy reagan invited clare boothe luce to dinner in the white house family quarters table talk came to a halt when the president halfway through relating a dream froze in embarrassment. In many ways the regal clare boothe luce was an american parallel to pamela ashby churchill harriman a beauty relentlessly on the make for men money and power. Other volumes of the life of clare boothe luce will be published by ms morris ms morris talked about her new book rage for fame the ascent of clare boothe luce published by random house her
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