The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst

The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst

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By (author) Professor of History David Nasaw

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  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Format: Paperback | 704 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 41mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0618154469
  • ISBN 13: 9780618154463
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Mariner Books.
  • Sales rank: 201,964

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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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"Nasaw's "The Chief" works on a large, even heroic, canvas and, thanks to Nasaw's exhaustive research, moves on a level of detail that would satisfy even Theodore Dreiser." The Los Angeles Times "[Nasaw] has given his biography an immediacy that almost makes the reader forget that the author . . . was not there as the story unfolded." --Orville Schell The New York Times ..".the Hearst whom Nasaw portrays...is still the fascinating figure we've known for years: the self-absorbed genius equally addicted to power and possessions..." Publishers Weekly ..".absorbing and sympathetic portrait of an American original, the first full-scale biography of the publishing giant and politician in nearly 40 years." The Chicago Tribune "In this exhaustively researched biography [Nasaw] has allowed us finally to understand . . . the father of the modern media conglomerate." The Chicago Tribune "Nasaw's judicious and comprehensive biography sensibly seeks to understand its subject, not to judge him." The New Yorker "Unlikely to be surpassed as the definitive study of its subject." The Wall Street Journal "A highly readable portrait of a fascinating individual." The San Francisco Chronicle "Nasaw keeps his subject human and believable, no easy task when writing about such a colorful and forceful man." The Seattle Times "The large and in-charge William Randolph Hearst's flirtations with Hitler, Mussolini, and Louis B. Mayer are documented in David Nasaw's utterly absorbing bio." Vanity Fair "The Chief is both an informative piece of scholarship and a pleasure to read." The San Diego Union-Tribune "Nasaw's intriguing study is a must-read." The Nation "A thoroughly researched volume that must be regarded as the definitive work...It's hard to imagine a more complete rendering of Hearst's life." Business Week "Mr. Nasaw makes Hearst a regular guy . . . and often likable or sympathetic, if far from a u