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H. L. and Lyda Paperback – October 1, 1999

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Hill's memoir of her mother, Lyda, and father, oil billionaire H. L. Hunt (1889-1974), written with the Boyars ( World Class ), reads as though it had been transcribed directly from a tape recorder. Despite her stilted prose, her determination to justify H. L.'s rabid anticommunist views and to shine the kindest possible light on his business machinations, Hill's perspective on the building of her father's southwestern oil empire during the 1930s and '40s is of interest. Hill clearly adored her mother, giving her credit for helping to create the family fortune. Although Hill acknowledges that family problems--her father's secret affair with a woman with whom he raised four children; the mental illness of her brother Hassie, upon whom a lobotomy was performed--have caused her considerable distress, she remembers her childhood with fondness and her parents with admiration. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Marbella House (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967641802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967641805
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A N Varner on May 18, 2014
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I enjoy reading about this interesting man, H. L. Hunt, who was richest man in our country when I was growing up! A very complicated man who never gave up and how he could juggle the many different lives he chose to live. Great perspective coming from his daughter. Inspirational reading of one who was so dubious and how he could turn his life around and do so much good for so many people in our western country. Thanks to the author and challenges she must have relived when writing about life with her dad.
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