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By David Nasaw | Comments: ( 202 ) | Date: ( Apr 10, 2020 )

David Nasaw s magnificent, definitive biography of William Randolph Hearst is based on newly released private and business papers and interviews For the first time, documentation of Hearst s interactions with Hitler, Mussolini, Churchill, and every American president from Grover Cleveland to Franklin Roosevelt, as well as with movie giants Louis B Mayer, Jack Warner, andDavid Nasaw s magnificent, definitive biography of William Randolph Hearst is based on newly released private and business papers and interviews For the first time, documentation of Hearst s interactions with Hitler, Mussolini, Churchill, and every American president from Grover Cleveland to Franklin Roosevelt, as well as with movie giants Louis B Mayer, Jack Warner, and Irving Thalberg, completes the picture of this colossal American Hearst, known to his staff as the Chief, was a man of prodigious appetites By the 1930s, he controlled the largest publishing empire in the country, including twenty eight newspapers, the Cosmopolitan Picture Studio, radio stations, and thirteen magazines As the first practitioner of what is now known as synergy, Hearst used his media stronghold to achieve political power unprecedented in the industry Americans followed his metamorphosis from populist to fierce opponent of Roosevelt and the New Deal, from citizen to congressman, and we are still fascinated today by the man characterized in the film classic CITIZEN KANE In Nasaw s portrait, questions about Hearst s relationships are addressed, including those about his mistress in his Harvard days, who lived with him for ten years his legal wife, Millicent, a former showgirl and the mother of his five sons and Marion Davies, his companion until death Recently discovered correspondence with the architect of Hearst s world famous estate, San Simeon, is augmented by taped interviews with the people who worked there and witnessed Hearst s extravagant entertaining, shedding light on the private life of a very public man.


  • Title: The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst
  • Author: David Nasaw
  • ISBN: 9780618154463
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

David Nasaw

David Nasaw is an American author, biographer and historian who specializes in the cultural and social history of early 20th Century America Nasaw is on the faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is the Arthur M Schlesinger, Jr Professor of History.In addition to writing numerous scholarly and popular books, he has written for publications such as the Columbia Journalism Review, American Historical Review, American Heritage, Dissent, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The London Review of Books, and Cond Nast Traveler.Nasaw has appeared in several documentaries, including The American Experience, 1996, and two episodes of the History Channel s April 2006 miniseries 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America The Homestead Strike and The Assassination of President McKinley He is cited extensively in the US and British media as an expert on the history of popular entertainment and the news media, and as a critic of American philanthropy.



Comments The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst

  • Sara

    Having been to the Hearst castle at San Simeon, I have always wanted to know more about the life of William Randolph Hearst. The inspiration for the classic film “Citizen Kane”, Hearst was a wealthy publishing magnate whose knack for creating news reminds one of TMZ’s Harvey Levin in today’s world. Hearst could take items that on the surface might not mean much and transform them into newsworthy events. He was “a master at constructing news from nothing.” Today, the Hearst empire sti [...]


  • Jaclyn

    This is a long book! I had a hard time rating this book because I went through so many ups and downs with it. I loved the first 200 pages, was semi-bored by the next 100 pages, and then it went back and forth from there. Much of why I did not like some of this book had more to do with my own political outlook which is so very different from Hearst's. Hearst is the embodiment of everything I abhor about the news media - he started it. He was the kind of man who created the news (as opposed to jus [...]


  • Bob Schnell

    As a big fan of Orson Welles and "Citizen Kane" I thought I was long overdue in learning more about William Randolph Hearst. David Nasaw's biography "The Chief" seemed to be a highly regarded choice and I'm glad I took the time.While the book is an extensively researched and authoritative life history of a grand American figure, only a short chapter near the end is about Kane. That's fine, as the whole story of Hearst's life, family, work and politics does an admirable job of helping the reader [...]


  • Aaron Million

    This is a very well-written and thoroughly researched biography about one of the most influential - arguably the most influential - newspaper publisher ever. Nasaw spent a lot of time researching this, and you can tell as you read through the book. While some biographers focus much more on the professional or business sides of their subjects, and less on the personal one, Nasaw expertly navigates both and intertwines them - much as Hearst had them intertwined. Nasaw details the amassing of a for [...]


  • Lisa

    Really excellent in-depth biography of publishing czar William Randolph Hearst (among other business ventures). There's even a chapter on "Citizen Kane" which was certainly based on Hearst, and which suffered at the box office as a result of Hearst's wrath. I took the tour of Hearst Castle a little over 40 years ago and it was interesting to read about the many years that it took to build, furnish, and continually refurbish the estate.**#34 of 120 books pledged to read/review during 2017**


  • Frank Stein

    A grand portrait of a man who helped define his era and participated in all of its great events. If Hearst is remembered for anything today, though, it is probably for his portrayal by Orson Welles as the dark and brooding "Citizen Kane" (1941), a tycoon obsessed with mortality and power. There are aspects of Charles Foster Kane in Hearst, as Nasaw points out, but in fact Hearst's most defining attribute was his childish jovialness, something the comes across throughout this biography. The son o [...]


  • Bob Perry

    Let me first say that I had never read anything about William Randolph Hearst before getting this book. I bought it because I had just read a good biography on Joseph Pulitzer and Hearst came into Pulitzer's life right as he made it big and also his health problems started. So that interested me,as did the movie Citizen Kane. As a 7th grader somehow I had ended up in a class called Plays, Film and Fantasy. It that class we discussed plays and films and thats the first time I heard of Orson Welle [...]


  • Marti

    This is a more positive portrait of Hearst than I am accustomed to , especially as I just finished Orson Welles' biography. It's easy to see why Welles (who gained fame as a director in the Federal Theater Project) hated the man because by the 1930s, Hearst completely changed course from Progressive to self appointed Communist witch hunter. He was convinced the New Deal harbored anti-American elements and printed slanderous articles to that effect almost daily for years (later, he began attackin [...]


  • Alex Telander

    A lot of people have been to Hearst castle; that enormous palace located on the Pacific Coast Highway a little after the quaint town of Cambria. If you’ve been, you know that it was built by incredibly wealthy Hearst family and primarily by William Randolph Hearst. But who is the man behind the marble halls and stairways? And if you haven’t been to Hearst Castle, after reading this book, you’re going to want to.In The Chief the reader gets an insight into Hearst’s life, from the very beg [...]


  • Eleanor

    William Randolph Hearst is one of the more interesting historical characters. He was an enigma; a prude and yet he lived openly with his mistress for thirty-five years. As the author David Nasaw says in the beginning "he was a big man with a small voice; a shy man who was most comfortable in a crowd." If you're interested in ridiculous amounts of money, enigmas, conglomerates, politicians, architecture, a bad spending habit, the New York night life, mistresses, Zigfield Follies, the silent film [...]


  • Brian

    The Chief is a well researched and excellent addition to the life of William Randolph Hearst who built the Hearst media empire. This is not a Hearst can do no wrong type of biography and strikes a very balanced tone in assessing the Chief's successes and his failures. There is excellent research done into his family life and how those relationships played out through his parents, his wife and his mistress. His role in newspaper publishing and Hollywood is discussed and for those who had any fait [...]


  • Andy

    This book is a very timely read, given what is happening right now with media, Rupert Murdoch, and the interaction between media and politics. There are extraordinary, parallels between Hearst, how much media he controlled, and how he used that control to spread his political beliefs, and what is going on with Murdoch and Fox news. If you are looking for a book that slams Hurst and the power he had acquired, then this is not the book for you. This is an easy to read, but rather scholarly book, t [...]


  • Myles

    This might as well be an authorized biography because Nasaw's overly sympathetic writing glosses over Hearst's every flaw. This dry and repetitive puff piece is utterly partial to a man who made his fortune exploiting the false promise of universal stardom and inciting inter-cultural animosity. A hedonist from birth to death, Hearst will make readers thankful that he isn't the only model for how a tycoon can act. As for David Nasaw-- well, let's just say I won't be buying his forthcoming volume [...]


  • Tony Smith

    A Great read, this book opened my eyes and answered a lot of questions about business,racism,publishing. The Hearst Empire is still in High Gear.


  • Barbara

    Very thorough bio (also way too long) of a thoroughly unlikeable man. I kept being reminded of Trump -- spoiled rich boy, arrogant but the only talent he had was for stirring up trouble, opinionated with no factual basis for his opinions, beyond self-indulgent, horrible taste, unsuccessful businessman that only stayed afloat because of clever, hardworking people around him who were very loyal for no apparent reason other than keeping a ridiculously overpaid job. Changed his thinking whenever he [...]


  • Brandon

    This book was a tough one for me. In dealing with a character as large and influential as Hearst I was expecting it to be a long book and also to spend a lot of time on his publishing empire that covered and influenced the whole country. David Nasaw certainly does cover this extensively. He seems to be a writer that relishes researching his subjects thoroughly and he is able to convert the volumes of research into a readable and comprehensive book. But Hearst was more than a publisher and radio [...]


  • Dorothy

    A marvelous biography of WR Hearst: ideological father to Rupert Murdoch and the Tea Party. We may thank WR Hearst for giving us Fox News and the journalistic (?) world where a POV validated by a personal opinion equals political news. A megalomaniac empowered with money and the media empire to foist his views into every home Hearst was "progressive" as only the very powerful and wealthy can be. A trust-buster, he was a media trust unto himself. He was the demagogue Democrat who influenced publi [...]


  • Craig Adamson

    reviewed in WSJ 4-24-2012Finally read this after picking up at a recent library sale for $1. I'm doing this review a few days after finishing so I'm not as "into" this review. So if you are reading this to help you decide to read the book or not please stop. This is going to be a crappy review as far as details and enthusiasm. But a 4 star is legit.Was a really well-researched book. I read this on the heels of reading H R Luce's biography since Hearst was mentioned a few times. Ironically, WR He [...]


  • Richard Sullivan

    David Nasaw’s biography of Hearst is brilliant. I highly recommend it to anyone trying to understand the power of the jaundiced press, Hearst-style, back at the turn of the previous century. I gave it 5 stars in spite of a few crucial deficits. In my own “The First Ward” novel seriesFingy Conners & The New CenturyThe First Ward III: Murderers, Scoundrels and Ragamuffins: Unsolved Murders Haunt Buffalo's Inept Police Force in which Fingy Conners is a central character, much is written a [...]


  • Eric Althoff

    David Nasaw presents the definitive biography of the world's first (and arguably most notorious) media baron. Publisher, politician, film producer, Congressman, champion of the working man, Democrat-cum-Republican, builder, visionary, and rich beyond the dreams of anyone (then and now), William Randolph Hearst remains a pivotal figure of early 20th century Americana. He famously made news as much as reported it and featured such notable columnists as Mussolini and Hitler while simultaneously cau [...]


  • David Kudlinski

    I have been interested in California history, so I read this book about William Randolph Hearst. I found out he built a castle in San Simeon, CA, which I am looking forward to visiting. It’s odd that I took numerous history classes throughout high school and college, and never learned of this fascinating newspaper baron, who had a tremendous influence over presidential elections and American politics. When Hearst attended Harvard University at 19, he had a maid and a butler attending to his do [...]


  • Tim Basuino

    Given that I proposed to my wife in the Hearst Castle parking lot (she said ‘yes’) back in December 2005, it may come as something of a surprise that it took me nearly a decade before I would read a biography on the establishment’s founder. I suppose it’s appropriate that I would buy this book in the bookstore located at the property’s entrance.And what a biography it is. I’d never heard of Nasaw before, but his picture on the back cover suggested that he’d be of the Howard Fast/Do [...]


  • Dan

    What really struck me about Hearst's life is how much power he held while being kind of sad and pathetic at the same time.Powerful because Hearst revolutionized how newspapers operated in America. At the height of his company, he owned 28 daily newspapers, magazines, radio stations and an exclusive contract with a movie studio to make his movies. Hearst's newspapers all spun the news towards Hearst's way of thinking. They wrote positive stories and editorials for the presidential candidate Hears [...]


  • GT

    Interested at all in reading about an American? I think Hearst's story, and this biography, capture an era from 1850-1950 as well as anything I've ever read.Incredible life. One of privilege, disappointments, indulgences, indiscretions, lunacy, denial of reality, loneliness, success, material wealth, loss of power Hearst went through it all. It is hard to fathom how many times he was dead wrong and not brilliant. He took the wrong path, drew the wrong conclusions, and doubled-down on bad decisio [...]


  • Kate

    It was interesting to read about newspaper publisher, politician, movie magnate, and extraordinarily wealthy American William Randolph Hearst.I didn't know that Hearst started out wealthy, living off his father's millions while he ran the San Fransisco Examiner, followed by other newspapers. I also didn't realize that earlier in his life he had relatively progressive politics, supporting the eight-hour workday, right of labor to organize unions, municipal ownership of utilities, and breaking up [...]


  • Rick

    Nasaw did a good job of chronicling Hearst's life. My wife and I happened upon San Simeon once on a drive down the California coast, what an interesting American castle. It wasn't just the architecture that made it compelling but the things that Hearst did to make it comport with what he wanted for his compound. From running his publishing empire from the home to creating olympic size pools in a time when most people (even the rich) didn't swim. I was ashamed that I didn't know anything about He [...]


  • Mary Jo

    I picked this book up in the Hearst Castle gift shop after taking tour # 2; I wish I had read it prior to our visit. I was expecting to read about the extravagant lifestyle of an extremely wealthy man and though he certainly spent to excess, what I got from this book was a detailed history lesson covering the years from approximately 1850 when his father, George Hearst, first accumulated wealth in connection with the Comstock Lode, through the 1950's, when W.R. Hearst passed away. W.R.'s interes [...]


  • Dinochunks01

    Citizen Ka-, ooops!, I meant William Randolph Hearst demonstrated that great aristocratic trait we peasants live by: If you want to make a small fortune in the business, start out with a large fortune. His father who made his millions, back when millions meant "millions" in silver mining. WRH decided, why make money when you already have it. Why go for fame, when you could be influential? Journalism allowed him to hold an unelected office in the Fourth Estate. It reads like a cautionary tale; pa [...]


  • Gerry Czerak

    At 607 pages, this is one of the most comprehensive and well researched biographies I have ever read. Quoting from letters, telegrams, documents, memoirs of the rich, powerful and famous in Washington, Hollywood, New York and several cities abroad, Nasaw gives us a powerful portrait of the 88 years of one of the most influential men of the first half of the 20th century who used his media empire to foster his political agenda and aspirations, accumulated wealth and fame, yet went through major d [...]


  • Riley

    To my surprise, I actually enjoyed the earlier 1/2 of the book than the latter. The earlier stages of Hearst's life reminded me somewhat of Howard Hughes's story. I was really looking forward to the Hearst Castle details and stories as well as the Citizen Kane ordeal that occurred later on in his life. While it did cover these topics, I was anticipating more indepth commentary than included. That said, this was a very well researched and written book. I found the relationship between himself and [...]


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