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Author: William Randolph Hearst Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9781483053912
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The founder of the largest US media empire, William Randolph Hearst, Sr. changed the face of American journalism forever. Hearst, Jr., with coauthor Casserly, tells the family’s story, from the gold-diggings of California to the present Hearst media empire. In a detailed, straight-forward, and earnest manner, the authors examine Hearst Sr.’s notorious brand of journalism, his contentious politics, his devotion to art, his obsession with San Simeon, and his complex love life. They also profile reporters and columnists who became stars of the Hearst newspapers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] brisk, unpretentious, opinionated autobiography…[Hearst] offers a stirring account of his own adventures as a WWII correspondent and nostalgically recreates the New York City news beat of the 1950s and ’60s.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The family saga, told in a telegraphic style, is read smoothly and unpretentiously by Jeff Riggenbach. This history in sound bites is a natural for audio.”


  • “[Hearst] offers candid details of his family and personal life, and several of his journalistic tales are gripping…Recommended for those interested in the history of journalism.”

    Library Journal

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/30/2012

    " While I enjoyed some of the book, other parts were a little long and dull. (I was looking for a more juicy tell-all.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 6/9/2008

    " A good history book with a differnet perspective than popular opinion. Very much enjoyed the walk through the Hearst family life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 7/4/2006

    " An APL Recycled Reads find. A fairly self serving look at an unusual family through the eyes of William Randolph Hearst Jr. I finished it because I always finish books but did not enjoy it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lulu | 12/25/2005

    " Very borning "

About the Author

William Randolph Hearst, Jr., (1908–1993) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and the editor-in-chief of Hearst Newspapers. He was the publisher of the New York Journal American and shared a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting on the Soviet Union in 1977. He is the author of The Hearsts: Father and Son.

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has narrated numerous titles for Blackstone Audio and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. An author, contributing editor, and producer, he has worked in radio in San Francisco for the last thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence.