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The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2007

    Show Me the Cash

    Lot's of info, but ultimately frustrating. One learns a great deal about the 'Chief's' editorial posturings and political leanings, but let's face it, the Hearst legacy today is all about profligate spending. And that's what this book fails to explain: where did this money come from. The first half of the book repeatedly states that Hearst had to borrow from his father, then later, his mother and that his papers were not profitable. Then, basically not another word about where the money came from. When his inheritance was spent, how did he finance the purchase of additional papers if the existing ones were loosing money? Late in the book, the author states that Fortune magazine at one point estimated Hearst's fortune at $140,000,000 but that that was most certainly wrong. But why, and what was he worth. Not a word. Hearst was three things: a political force and opinion maker a highly successful businessman and a profligate spender. Way too much emphasis was put on the first virtually none on the second and a smattering on the third. Finally, at the end, it seems like the author just got tired of writing. For instance, he says that Hearst was sick and whithered to 128 pounds. What was the disease. The only reason I finished the book was that I'd read so many pages and was so close to the end, that I wouldn't give up. I'm now left seeking another biography that can fill in the glaring and broad gaps in this biography. While not a bad book, this was far from being in the top echelons of biographies I've read.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    Good read if you enjoy this type book about this type person from the past

    Seems like a great deal of info about Hearst that I didn't know. His ties to many other people, businesses and other celebrities, world leaders of his time were extremely interesting to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Excellent biography about a very fascinating person

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    Posted November 30, 2013

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