The Chief by David Nasaw
The Life of William Randolph Hearst

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Named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Business Week, and GQ, THE CHIEF: THE LIFE OF WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST is “an absorbing and ingeniously organized biography . . . of the most powerful publisher America has ever known” (New York Times Book Review). Drawing on papers and interviews that were previously unavailable, as well as on newly released documentation of interactions with such figures as Hitler, Mussolini, Churchill, every president from Grover Cleveland to Franklin Roosevelt, and movie giants Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Irving Thalberg, David Nasaw completes the picture of this colossal American “engagingly, lucidly and fair-mindedly” (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.).
“Outstandingly researched, elegantly but not flamboyantly written, and fair in its conclusions about Hearst’s astonishing career” (Wall Street Journal), THE CHIEF “must be regarded as the definitive study . . . It’s hard to imagine a more complete rendering of Hearst’s life” (Business Week).
 

About David Nasaw

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David Nasaw is an associate professor of history at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and author of Schooled to Order. He lives in New York City with his wife, Dinitia Smith, and their twin sons, Daniel and Peter.
 
Published August 12, 2013 by Mariner Books. 740 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Nasaw recounts how Hearst built his newspaper empire and how he used his position as editor and publisher to influence American politics in the early decades of the 20th century.

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The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst David Nasaw Gibson Square £20, pp687 Hearst Over Hollywood: Power, Passion and Propaganda in the Movies Louis Pizzitola Columbia UP, £25, pp525 In 1906, while on the campaign trail to become governor of New York, William Randolph Hearst stopped at a ...

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The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst David Nasaw 687pp, Gibson Square, £20 I thought I knew everything there was to know about William Randolph Hearst.

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It has been 40 years since the last major Hearst biography--thus this new volume has inherent value in portraying anew the great forerunner of Rupert Murdoch and other modern-day media moguls.

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Entertainment Weekly

Yes, Hearst sent painter Frederic Remington to Cuba with the instructions ''You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war,'' but Hearst's raucous press campaign was by no means the cause of an inevitable war with Spain.

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