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Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer Paperback – Bargain Price, August 20, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
This book shows the deals he cut with rather awful people and Hammer's, being kind, questionable character. It is an engrossing story and the book is a great read.
The point is that this is an important story because of the relationships Hammer had with people in power in the Soviet Union, in the Middle East, and in Washington. Occidental Petroleum was and is an important company. Of course, Al Gore's father success, and much of Gore's personal wealth, is based upon carrying water for Occidental Petroleum. The company worked hard in post Hammer times to erase that difficult past. You can judge for yourself.
I believe that you will enjoy this book and warmly recommend it to you.
Dossier is the only biography of Hammer written with reference to both the U.S. government's records on the man, made available under the Freedom of Information Act after he died, and Soviet records, made available after the collapse of the U.S.S.R. It is therefore the only book that comes close to explaining the nature of Hammer's ties to the Soviet Union. (Spoiler: In the early 1920s, he set up some companies that were used as channels by the Soviets for financing secret operations abroad).
Unfortunately, Epstein was not satisfied with these records, and turns to some really marginal sources to sex up the story. The book contains a number of particularly shocking accusations that, if you follow through the footnotes, all come from a woman who claims to have been Hammer's mistress, decades ago. Take for example Epstein's rendition of the well-known 1920 conviction of Hammer's father for manslaughter. Hammer's father had performed an abortion after which the woman had died. Among those who testified at the trial were the woman's maid, who had been present when the operation took place. Every other source on Hammer treats this as the start of Hammer's business career -- with his father incarcerated, Hammer had to take the reins of the family business.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although I have not yet finished Dossier, I find it a careful and factual account of a despicable man's life. The author has done his homework to separate fact from fable.Published 7 months ago by Craig Mutton
I wonder how many in the headlines today have similar dossiersPublished 21 months ago by read&drawgramma
An amazing biography of a truly despicable human being.
I was a bit disappointed that there was so little discussion about Armand Hammer's relationship with Senator Al... Read more
An unparalleled saga revealing the truth behind the hype.
Armand Hammer was my Dad's "hero". The guy was smart, and my Dad owned OXY shares and thought the world of AH. Read more
EPSTEIN IS SENSATIONAL, THE AMOUNT OF INFORATION HE PACKS BETWEN COVERS IS ASTOUNDING. I PURCHASED 4 EDITIONS AS THE BEST GIFT EVER TO BE GIVEN TO MY FAMLY. Read morePublished on December 1, 2010 by mountain mama
I rate 5 stars on a book perhaps but one out of a hundred times. This is that work. Clearly 5 stars. Close to being on a par with "Titan: The Life of John D. Read morePublished on October 28, 2010 by W. Coe
This is a fascinating story. I had read several of the lukewarm, pseudo-politically-correct news releases that were 'approved' by Hammer himself over the years, which is why I... Read morePublished on July 10, 2010 by ellis9488
Condsidering everything that is going on in the country today, I recommend reading this book.Published on June 2, 2010 by Carol M.