William Randolph Hearst: The Later Years, 1911-1951

Hardcover | May 8, 2007

byBen Procter

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William Randolph Hearst was a figure of Shakespearean proportions, a man of huge ambition, inflexible will, and inexhaustible energy. He revolutionized the newspaper industry in America, becoming the most powerful media mogul the world had ever seen, and in the process earned himself the titleof "most hated man in America" on four different occasions. Now in the second volume of this sweeping biography, Ben Procter gives readers a vivid portrait of the final 40 years of Hearst's life. Drawing on previously unavailable letters and manuscripts, and quoting generously from Hearst's own editorials, Procter covers all aspects of Hearst's career: hisjournalistic innovations, his impassioned patriotism, his fierce belief in "Government by Newspaper," his frustrated political aspirations, profligate spending and voracious art collecting, the building of his castle at San Simeon, and his tumultuous Hollywood years. The book offers new insight intoHearst's bitter and highly public quarrels with Al Smith (who referred to Hearst papers as "Mudgutter Gazettes") and FDR (whose New Deal Hearst dubbed the "Raw Deal"); his 30-year affair with the actress Marion Davies (and her own affairs with others); his political evolution from a progressivetrust-buster and "America first" isolationist to an increasingly conservative and at times hysterical anti-communist. Procter also explores Hearst's ill-considered meeting with Hitler, his attempts to suppress "Citizen Kane," and his relationships with Joseph Kennedy, Charles Lindbergh, Louis B.Meyer, and many other major figures of his time. As Life magazine noted, Hearst newspapers were a "one-man fireworks display"--sensational, controversial, informative, and always entertaining. In Ben Procter's fascinating biography, Hearst shines forth in all his eccentric and egocentric glory.

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William Randolph Hearst was a figure of Shakespearean proportions, a man of huge ambition, inflexible will, and inexhaustible energy. He revolutionized the newspaper industry in America, becoming the most powerful media mogul the world had ever seen, and in the process earned himself the titleof "most hated man in America" on four diff...

Ben Procter is Professor of History at Texas Christian University and the author of Not Without Honor: The Life of John H. Reagan, Battle of the Alamo, Just One Riot, and William Randolph Hearst: The Early Years, 1863-1910. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 1.42 inPublished:May 8, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgements1. Government by Newspaper2. The Most Hated Man in America3. The Sword and Shield of the People4. Notable Successes Except in Politics5. End of a Political Dream6. Hollywood, San Simeon, and Expansion7. Solutions to Depression and President Maker8. A Jeffersonian Democrat Versus the New Deal9. Promoting the Red Scare10. Nightmare of Insolvency in a World at War11. Last Years and Final EditionNotesIndex

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"William Randolph Hearst: The Later Years, 1911-1951 provides excellent coverage of Hearst's efforts to fulfill his dream of 'government by newspaper.'"--Rodney Carlisle, The Journal of American History