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H.L. and Lyda: Growing up in the H.L. Hunt and Lyda Bunker Hunt Family as Told by Their Eldest Daughter

H.L. and Lyda: Growing up in the H.L. Hunt and Lyda Bunker Hunt Family as Told by Their Eldest Daughter

by Margaret Hunt Hill

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Library Journal - Library Journal
In this memoir Hill states that she is writing a family history so that her mother's descendants will know the contributions Lyda Hunt made to the family's success. In the early 1920s H.L. Hunt became interested in oil. With no knowledge of the oil business, he borrowed $50 and headed for the oil fields. By buying and selling oil rights, he was able to raise enough to drill his first well. From these beginnings he built an oil business that made him one of the wealthiest men in the world. His wife, Lyda Bunker Hunt, is portrayed as a strong woman who supported her husband during good and bad times, refusing to be bitter even when confronted with her husband's mistress. Comments from other members of the family are included, but this is mainly Margaret Hill's story. A marginal purchase.-- Linda McEwan, Elgin Community Coll., Ill.
David Rouse
Given today's relentless, sensational media coverage and the seemingly insatiable public appetite for scandal, it is difficult to imagine a story such as the Hunts'. At one time the world's richest man, oil baron and gambler H. L. Hunt secretly (and simultaneously) sired three separate families. Given that, this book's jacket notes seem unduly ironic: "Margaret Hunt Hill, the oldest daughter of H. L. and Lyda Bunker Hunt, shares in loving detail defining moments in the life of this quintessentially American family . . ." By now this has become an oft-told story. Most libraries probably already own Ardis Burst's "The Three Families of H. L. Hunt" (1988) or Harry Hurt III's "Texas Rich" (1981) or Stanley Brown's "H. L. Hunt" (1976). Nonetheless, the personal perspective and remembrances of Hill make this book noteworthy. Hill virtually places her mother (and Hunt's first wife) on a pedestal, and these recollections share the same stoic genteelism exhibited by Lyda.

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August House Publishers, Inc.
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1st ed
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8.08(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.43(d)

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