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The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst Paperback – September 6, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Sadly, his power base was substantially altered by near rabid attacks on the far left during the 1930s, the depression, and the graduated income tax structure in this country. In other words he failed to anticipate nor recognize the culminating points through life's journey and as a result suffered accordingly. In general this book is well worth the read if you can get through the 600 pages.
That's not to say that "The Chief" isn't good. It's splendid, actually. Scholarly without denseness, readable without glibness, it moves along at a great pace, and gives readers probably the most complete view of Hearst that's ever been provided, with an excellent utilization of both Hearst's own voluminous correspondence and the reminiscences of hundreds of others who encountered the Chief.
But it sure doesn't make you like him any better.
The Hearst that emerges from Nasaw's scrupulous research and masterful writing is a cheap demagogue whose dime-store populism mutated into self-interested conservatism as his own fortunes grew (in Nasaw's own words, "Hearst grew more conservative as he acquired more to conserve). William Randolph Hearst was, it turns out, precisely what his early detractors, including Theodore Roosevelt, E.L. Godkin, and Joseph Pulitzer, said he was: a pathologically self-interested spoiled brat.
It's impossible to say whether the young Hearst, whose papers championed so many progressive ideals, was genuinely on the side of the angels, or whether he was simply appealing to the working classes (and pretty successfully) in hopes of parlaying his pandering to their discontents into political power, but his subsequent actions suggest the latter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Narcissistic man who spent $ very freely and seemed to have little regard for others.Published 9 days ago by Deana
Great read as I took a road trip to the Hearst Castle. Very informative and added to the trip experience.Published 28 days ago by JenniferLouise
The yellow journalism, two words not worth capitalizing, captured in the prime of WR Hearst's life shows our current state of media bias and the inaccuracies that result. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cabin Dweller
After having visited Hearst Castle last summer I wanted to read all about William Randolph Hearst. This book is quite detailed and seems to be quite exhaustive in covering his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Berky
Excellent biography of a successful man very interesting book enjoyed it very much!Published 2 months ago by janet
Great content, but for an audio book, the delivery is a bit dry.Published 5 months ago by Adam Vanderyacht
Fascinating book with important business and personal details I was not aware of before reading it.Published 6 months ago by Helen L. Kistler