William Randolph Hearst: The Later Years, 1911-1951 by Ben Procter

By Ben Procter

William Randolph Hearst was once a determine of Shakespearean proportions, a guy of big ambition, rigid will, and inexhaustible strength. He revolutionized the newspaper in the USA, changing into the main robust media wealthy person the area had ever obvious, and within the procedure earned himself the identify of "most hated guy in the USA" on 4 assorted events. Now within the moment quantity of this sweeping biography, Ben Procter offers readers a brilliant portrait of the ultimate forty years of Hearst's existence. Drawing on formerly unavailable letters and manuscripts, and quoting generously from Hearst's personal editorials, Procter covers all elements of Hearst's occupation: his journalistic ideas, his impassioned patriotism, his fierce trust in "Government through Newspaper," his pissed off political aspirations, profligate spending and voracious artwork amassing, the construction of his fort at San Simeon, and his tumultuous Hollywood years. The e-book bargains new perception into Hearst's sour and hugely public quarrels with Al Smith (who spoke of 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 personal affairs with others); his political evolution from a innovative trust-buster and "America first" isolationist to an more and more conservative and now and then hysterical anti-communist. Procter additionally explores Hearst's ill-considered assembly with Hitler, his makes an attempt to suppress "Citizen Kane," and his relationships with Joseph Kennedy, Charles Lindbergh, Louis B. Meyer, and plenty of different significant figures of his time. As existence journal famous, Hearst newspapers have been a "one-man fireworks display"--sensational, debatable, informative, and continuously interesting. In Ben Procter's interesting biography, Hearst shines forth in all his eccentric and selfish glory.

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24 The American was an entertaining, exciting newspaper that provided something for everyone. Cartoons such as Bud Fisher's Mutt and Jeff and George McManus's Bringing Up Father began appearing daily. Movie serials—and their theater locations—became regular items of interest and information. Within each edition, the editors initiated one and sometimes two contests. In lottery form that required a coupon obtained from a Hearst newspaper, they promoted for months such prizes as five hundred free vacation trips to Europe, Latin America, Canada, and cities in the United States.

Navy. The British had five times more battleships and cruisers than the United States and the Japanese fleet had at least three times as many. Hearst continually apprised his 38 William Randolph Hearst readers of the ambitious nature of the yellow peril, not just in its attempts to dictate and be the dominant player in the Far East, but its ambition to intrude significantly into Mexican and Panamanian affairs, which could be considered a violation of the Monroe Doctrine. 16 Increasingly frustrated by having no voice in the Wilson administration, Hearst became more determined than ever to be a decisive power in American policies, to mobilize and shape public opinion into an awesome force capable of influencing Wilson to his point of view, just as he did with President McKinley in the Spanish American War.

In a telegram on February 19, he urged Californians, in "the interests of all Democrats" to support Champ Clark for president. A week later the Hearst-Harrison forces solidified the Chicago delegation for Clark. 47 But as Hearst had long perceived, Woodrow Wilson was a formidable opponent in Clark's quest for achieving the nomination. That stark realization meant that Hearst must apply a journalistic technique so successful in the past, that of orchestrating the news against an adversary. On March 14, Hearst delivered a blistering broadside in the Washington Post, as well as in the nine Hearst newspapers.

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