Citizen Hearst by W.A. Swanberg is a 653-page paperback published by Collier Books, 1961. The cover has a couple chips, some surface rubbing and a 1 1/2" closed tear along the back cover next to the spine. An old barcode sticker is also adhered to the back cover. Inside, the pages are crisp and clean but with light foxing to the edges.
William Randolf Hearst--the great American enigma. But for the awesome contradictions in his character, he might have actually been President of the United States. His income was 15 million dollars a year--and yet he teetered constantly on the brink of financial disaster. On the one hand he was a bigoted reactionary who debauched every standard of American journalism. Yet he was also a radical reformer who fought the utilities and battled for the eight-hour day and women's rights. Almost single-handedly, he forced his country into the Spanish-American War as a circulation booster. But without his influence, Theodore Roosevelt might have remained a frustrated minor politician, and Franklin Roosevelt might never have been nominated.ISBN: 0-684-17147-3