The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 687 pages
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David Nasaw's magnificent, definitive biography of William Randolph Hearst is based on newly released private and business papers and interviews. For the first time, documentation of Hearst's interactions with Hitler, Mussolini, Churchill, and every American president from Grover Cleveland to Franklin Roosevelt, as well as with movie giants Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Irving Thalberg, completes the picture of this colossal American. Hearst, known to his staff as the Chief, was a man of prodigious appetites. By the 1930s, he controlled the largest publishing empire in the country, including twenty-eight newspapers, the Cosmopolitan Picture Studio, radio stations, and thirteen magazines. As the first practitioner of what is now known as synergy, Hearst used his media stronghold to achieve political power unprecedented in the industry. Americans followed his metamorphosis from populist to fierce opponent of Roosevelt and the New Deal, from citizen to congressman, and we are still fascinated today by the man characterized in the film classic CITIZEN KANE. In Nasaw's portrait, questions about Hearst's relationships are addressed, including those about his mistress in his Harvard days, who lived with him for ten years; his legal wife, Millicent, a former showgirl and the mother of his five sons; and Marion Davies, his companion until death. Recently discovered correspondence with the architect of Hearst's world-famous estate, San Simeon, is augmented by taped interviews with the people who worked there and witnessed Hearst's extravagant entertaining, shedding light on the private life of a very public man.
  

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Reading this book was like reading Fiction .also just reading about him you get history Read full review

Contents

A Son of the West
3
To Europe Again and on to Harvard
23
Something Where I Could Make a Name
39
At the Examiner
67
I Cant Do San Francisco Alone
82
Hearst in New York Staging a Spectacle
95
How Do You Like the Joumafs War?
125
Representing the People
145
Do You Know Miss Marion Davies the Movie Actress?
337
Family Man
351
Dream Houses
362
Businesses as Usual
377
A New Crusade Europe
398
The Talkies and Marion
409
Pretty Much Flattened Out
423
An Incorrigible Optimist
437

Candidate of a Class
168
A Force to Be Reckoned With
186
Man of Mystery
202
Party Leader
214
Hearst at Fifty Some Calm Before the Storms
227
A War of Kings
241
Hearst Hylan the Hohenzollerns and the Habsburgs
260
Building a Studio
277
Builder and Collector
287
Marion Millicent and the Movies
303
A Return to Normalcy
315
Another Last Hurrah
328
The Chief Chooses a President
452
Hearst at Seventy
469
Hearst and Hitler
488
The Last Crusade
500
The Fall
527
All Very Sad But We Cannot Kick Now
543
Citizen Kane
564
Old Age
575
Epilogue
604
Notes
609
Index
657
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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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