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Maxwell Hardcover – August, 1988

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Haines's cheerfully upbeat, authorized biography of British media tycoon Robert Maxwell was a bestseller in Great Britain, but readers in the U.S. may react with less enthusiasm. To some a blustering, power-mad egomaniac, to others a bold entrepreneurial genius, Maxwell presides over a vast printing/publishing/cable TV/film empire and is seeking a major publishing acquisition in this country. Haines, political editor of Mirror Group Newspapers (which Maxwell owns) devotes chapters to the press lord's heroism in the Czech underground (he was born Ludvik Hoch in Ruthenia); his fighting on the Dutch-German front in WW II; his ouster from and subsequent recapture of Pergamon, a scientific publishing company; and his 15-odd years in politics, when he tried unsuccessfully to modernize the Labor Party. Although Haines capably reports backroom maneuvers and deals, we get little sense of the complexities of a man Fleet Street loves to hate.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 525 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T); 1st American ed edition (August 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395489296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395489291
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,308,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. AUSTIN on December 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is probably the most sycophantic book I have ever had the displeasure to read. I strongly recommend you go elsewhere if you wish a more sober character assessment.
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Format: Paperback
I cannot say that this book is a waste of time to give it a one star rating but also cannot give this book five stars as it was written while Maxwell was alive and most certainly a book of glorification and personal attest to the persona of British Media Baron Robert Maxwell.

The book is a very good base for an in-depth look at him and his, above board, business practices. Due to most, if not all, the rumors and facts surrounding his death, Czech aid to Israel and fraudulent investment practices, which were common of the day, from corporate pension funds are not discussed within this read.

Should one want a more in-depth review of Maxwell over and above what is written on Wikipedia, this book is a sound base. It is in-depth, rounded and not nearly as bad as this fellow who presented a 1 star....surely worth 3 but too much as passed since this was written that keep it from being anything above a 3 imo. Happy Reading...
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