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The Hearsts : an American dynasty /
Judith Robinson.
Newark, Del. : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, 1991.
441 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0874133831 (alk. paper)
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Newark, Del. : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, 1991.
0874133831 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 428-431) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-12:
Journalist and former Congressional aide Judith Robinson has written an excellent book on one of this nation's most prominent families, the Hearsts. Patty Hearst captured the public's fancy when kidnapped by a radical leftist group; Citizen Kane, based on the career of William Randolph Hearst, is arguably one of the greatest films ever made; few are unaware of San Simeon. Yet the major focus of this very well written and at times gripping study is Phoebe Apperson Hearst, mother of the best known family member, William Randolph. Robinson paints her as a wealthy (at one point she was worth about 20 million dollars) turn-of-the-century feminist. Robinson's study is thoroughly researched and is the first to take advantage of the recently opened Hearst Papers. Robinson also received the cooperation of the Hearst family itself. The many photographs in the book are no mere adornments; they help the reader to "flesh out" the cast of characters. This reviewer's only criticism is that there are too many lengthy quotations that would have been better incorporated into the narrative. The book will take its place beside W.A. Swanberg's Citizen Hearst (1961) as a standard work on the family. Highly recommended.-S. G. Weisner, Springfield Technical Community College
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Choice, December 1991
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This is the first biography of the Hearsts based largely on the Hearst family papers that were not available to the authors of previous biographies. Featured in this study are William Randolph Hearst, tycoon, newsman, and politician; George Hearst, miner and U.S. Senator; and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, philanthropist and businesswoman. Illustrated.

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