On Sunday, Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Cos., appeared on the television program “CBS Sunday Morning” reminiscing about his 60-year career and ultimate impact on the beauty industry. The business icon gave interviewer Alina Cho an inside look at the company’s archive, and he spoke about the rise of the company that his mother, Estée, founded in 1946, and what would ultimately become a $90 billion global empire with more than 25 brands.

The interview puts Mr. Lauder in the spotlight just as his much-anticipated memoir, The Company I Keep: My Life in Beauty (Harper Business) due out Nov. 17. The book is a personal account of Mr. Lauder’s childhood, growing up during the Great Depression, the post-World War II boom, and growing an international company in an age of economic turbulence, uncertainty, and fierce competition.