By David Nasaw
Named the most effective books of the yr by way of the hot York occasions, the la instances, the Washington submit, company Week, and GQ, the executive: THE lifetime of WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST is "an soaking up and ingeniously prepared biography . . . of the main strong writer the US has ever known" (New York instances publication Review). Drawing on papers and interviews that have been formerly unavailable, in addition to on newly published documentation of interactions with such figures as Hitler, Mussolini, Churchill, each president from Grover Cleveland to Franklin Roosevelt, and picture giants Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Irving Thalberg, David Nasaw completes the image of this substantial American "engagingly, lucidly and fair-mindedly" (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.).
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