Martha Inc. by Christopher Byron


Some call her a saint. Others are more inclined to say Satan. Martha Stewart has captivated her legions of fans for decades with her “You can do this!” attitude. On her popular TV show, she comes off as serene, all-knowing, and most importantly, kind. However, over the years, people she’s worked with claim that this is all an act and Martha is the most hateful person on the planet. Martha Inc. travels through Martha’s careers and ends just after Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) went public.

Some juicy highlights: Husband leaving her, Just Desserts by Jerry Oppenheimer being published, and MSLO going public.


At times, this book read like a piece of fiction, which makes the probability of this book being more fiction that fact all more likely. Example: There is dialogue from conversations from decades past (memories fade/distort over time). There is a lot of elaboration on things I find pointless. Another example: the various unrelated business relationships of companies Martha has been involved with.

I’ve wondered that while the author has a credible background in other areas, there is no supporting evidence to him being a reliable biographer.

© Cori Endicott May 2009


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