Named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Business Week, and GQ, THE CHIEF: THE LIFE OF WILLIAM RANDLOPH HEARST is “an absorbing and ingeniously organized biography . . . of the most powerful publisher America has ever known” (New York Times Book Review). Drawing on papers and interviews that were previously unavailable, as well as on newly released documentation of interactions with such figures as Hitler, Mussolini, Churchill, every president from Grover Cleveland to Franklin Roosevelt, and movie giants Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Irving Thalberg, David Nasaw completes the picture of this colossal American “engagingly, lucidly and fair-mindedly” (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.).
“Outstandingly researched, elegantly but not flamboyantly written, and fair in its conclusions about Hearst’s astonishing career” (Wall Street Journal), THE CHIEF “must be regarded as the definitive study . . . It’s hard to imagine a more complete rendering of Hearst’s life” (Business Week).
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The epic scope of historian David Nasaw's biography matches the titanic personality and achievements of William Randolph Hearst (1862-1951), who built "the nation's first media conglomerate" from a single San Francisco newspaper. Based on previously unavailable sources, including Hearst's personal papers, Nasaw's long but absorbing narrative gives a full-bodied account of the often contradictory mogul: "a huge man with a tiny voice; a shy man who was most comfortable in crowds ... an autocratic boss who could not fire people; a devoted husband who lived with his mistress." Wife Millicent Hearst and actress-inamorata Marion Davies also emerge with more complexity than in previous portraits like Orson Welles's Citizen Kane, whose factual inaccuracies Nasaw dissects. The author tempers the usual simplistic account of Hearst's political evolution from fire-breathing leftist to red-baiting conservative, calling him "a classic liberal" who believed in less-is-more government and deplored fascism as much as communism. Fresh insights and elegantly turned phrases abound in Nasaw's depiction of Hearst's activities as newspaper publisher, movie producer, and politician, but what's even more intriguing is the poignant personal drama of a man born "in the city of great expectations on the edge of the continent" who was buried 89 years later in San Francisco, "the place he used to know." --Wendy SmithAbout the Author:
David Nasaw is the author of GOING OUT: THE RISE AND FALL OF PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS and two other books. He has served as a historical consultant for several television documentaries and is currently chair of the doctoral history program at City University of New York. His work has appeared in THE NEW YORKER, THE NATION, Condé Nast's TRAVELER, and other periodicals. He resides in New York City.
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Book Description Mariner Books, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: CONTENTS Acknowledgments / vii Preface / xiii i. GREAT EXPECTATIONS 1. A Son of the West 3 2. To Europe Again and on to Harvard 23 3. "Something Where I Could Make a Name" 39 ii. PROPRIETOR AND EDITOR 4. At the Examiner 67 5. "I Can't Do San Francisco Alone" 82 6. Hearst in New York: "Staging a Spectacle" 95 7. "How Do You Like the Journal's War?" 125 iii. PUBLISHER, POLITICIAN, CANDIDATE, AND CONGRESSMAN 8. Representing the People 145 9. "Candidate of a Class" 168 10. "A Force to Be Reckoned With" 186 11. Man of Mystery 202 12. Party Leader 214 13. Hearst at Fifty: Some Calm Before the Storms 227 iv. OF WAR AND PEACE 14. "A War of Kings" 241 15. "Hearst, Hylan, the Hohenzollerns, and the Habsburgs" 260 v. A MASTER BUILDER 16. Building a Studio 277 17. Builder and Collector 287 18. Marion, Millicent, and the Movies 303 19. A Return to Normalcy 315 20. Another Last Hurrah 328 vi. THE KING AND QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD 21. "Do You Know Miss Marion Davies, the Movie Actress?" 337 22. Family Man 351 23. Dream Houses 362 24. Businesses as Usual 377 25. A New Crusade: Europe 398 26. The Talkies and Marion 409 vii. THE DEPRESSION 27. "Pretty Much Flattened Out" 423 28. "An Incorrigible Optimist" 437 29. The Chief Chooses a President 452 viii. NEW DEALS AND RAW DEALS 30. Hearst at Seventy 469 31. Hearst and Hitler 488 32. The Last Crusade 500 ix. THE FALL 33. The Fall 527 34. "All Very Sad, But We Cannot Kick Now" 543 35. Citizen Kane 564 36. Old Age 575 Epilogue 604 Notes / 609 Index / 657. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0618154469
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