The Hiltons

The Hiltons

The True Story of An American Dynasty

Book - 2014
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The Hiltons is a sweeping saga of the success-and excess-of an iconic American family.

Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton's visionary ideas and unyielding will established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry. But outside the boardroom, Conrad struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism. Then there were his children: Playboy Nicky Hilton's tragic alcoholism and marriage to Elizabeth Taylor was the stuff of tabloid legend. Barron Hilton, on the other hand, deftly handled his father's legacy, carrying the Hilton brand triumphantly into the new millennium.

Eric, raised apart from his older brothers, accepted his supporting role in the Hilton dynasty with calm and quiet-a stark contrast to the boys' much younger half-sister Francesca, whose battle for recognition led her into courtrooms and conflict. The cast of supporting players includes the inimitable Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was married to Conrad briefly and remained a thorn in his side for decades, and a host of other Hollywood and business luminaries with whom the Hiltons crossed paths and swords over the years.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, [2014]
Copyright Date: copyright 2014.
ISBN: 9781455516698
Characteristics: xii, 541 pages, [16] pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits, genealogical table ;,24 cm.


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Cedric_F Jun 29, 2017

This is the most in-depth biography of the Hilton family on the market. Due to it being largely a family history, it limits its mentions of its most notable (in current times) members: Paris. If one is looking for a history of the Hilton brand as well as the family behind it, this is certainly the book you'd like to read!

Aug 10, 2015

This was an interesting biography, which exposed me for the first time to the name of financier, Floyd Odlum. This led me to the Eisenhower Library papers, which exposed why Eisenhower and the CIA overthrew the democratically-elected government of President Arbenz in Guatemala: because the chief investor in United Fruit at that time was Floyd Odlum, just as he was the chief financial backer of a candidate who became President Eisenhower. [Good portrayal of Paris Hilton, too.]

Jun 27, 2014

I have read all of Taraborrelli's biographies, and look forward to his next one.

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