The Hiltons A Family Dynasty From New York Times bestselling biographer J Randy Taraborrelli comes an engrossing and revealing portrait of the Hilton dynasty THE HILTONS is a fascinating no holds barred account of the American i

  • Title: The Hiltons: A Family Dynasty
  • Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • ISBN: 9781455516698
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From New York Times bestselling biographer J Randy Taraborrelli comes an engrossing and revealing portrait of the Hilton dynasty THE HILTONS is a fascinating, no holds barred account of the American industrial giant who built the world s greatest hotel empire and his always larger than life family Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton s visionary ideas and unFrom New York Times bestselling biographer J Randy Taraborrelli comes an engrossing and revealing portrait of the Hilton dynasty THE HILTONS is a fascinating, no holds barred account of the American industrial giant who built the world s greatest hotel empire and his always larger than life 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 are the Hilton children Playboy Nicky s tragic alcoholism and passionate but abusive relationship with Elizabeth Taylor was the stuff of tabloid legend Serious Barron, 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 but remained a thorn in his side for decades a young Donald Trump and a host of other Hollywood and business luminaries with whom the Hiltons crossed paths and swords over the years THE HILTONS is a sweeping saga of the success and excess of an iconic and only in America family dynasty.

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    1. Much thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing/the author for allowing me an advanced copy.I didn’t know much of what I was getting into before I started reading this book. I often enjoy books centered around powerful families such as the Kennedy’s, so I thought I would give this one a go. Luckily for me, it was not centered on Paris Hilton, but predominantly the members of her family that have allowed her such a privileged lifestyle.Conrad Hilton, Paris’s great grandfather, came fr [...]

    2. If you are looking for a book that dishes on the lives of Paris and Nikky Hilton, this is not it.This is a well researched, well written book that chronicles the life of Conrad Hilton's visionary ideas and unyielding will which established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry aka the dynasty of Hilton Hotels. It also tells of his emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted issues with Catholicism. Also talked about are a cast of supporting players includes the inimitable Zsa [...]

    3. Meh! well, actually I have a little more to say about this book: it seems to be based solely on public records and a couple of tabloid articles. However, it is written tastefully and doesn't seem to ruffle any feathers whatsoever. I found myself kind of empty and in the very same place where I was when I started it.

    4. Reads like a memoir. Gives the impression that the Hiltons (especially Conrad) could do no wrong, while everything was Zsa Zsa's fault. Would have also liked more details about the business and how it grew. Otherwise it's a very interesting look at an interesting dynasty.

    5. This fascinating book about the Hilton dynasty almost reads like a novel. Conrad Hilton, the patriarch of this famous and wealthy family, started from very humble beginnings. He parlayed that into a multimillion business. His children, Nicky, who married Elizabeth Taylor and divorced her after one year, Barron, a chip off the block was very business oriented, Eric, his third son who was raised by his mother and stepfather, and Francesca, his daughter by Zsa Zsa Gabor, his second wife, who patern [...]

    6. I really have no idea what provoked me to read this lengthy account, but it did not disappoint. From cover to cover, in a hop-scotchy timeline, this book was more than entertaining and interesting. From the moment Conrad Hilton, as a young boy, suggested that his family have their own "hotel" within their house to make ends meet, he was a goldmine. Hotel after hotel was acquired with ease, respect and responsibility and mostly with success. The relationships with all of his children and wives is [...]

    7. The detail and storytelling in this book engage the reader from the beginning and carry through to the ending. Conrad Hilton understood the importance of relationships in business. He also clearly combined his religious faith with his business practices. He learned from his father the value of hard work and earning his own money. These views were handed down to his children and grandchildren. In the later years of his life, despite his immense wealth, Conrad Hilton did not leave a huge inheritan [...]

    8. Thanks netgalley for a free read in exchange for a review. Long historical review of Conrad and Zsa Zsa, part immediate family, and mostly past hotelier stories. I'm not going to rate this because some parts were so boring I skimmed it. Seemed to be too much info on the whole and nothing you really wanted to know. It sounds as though Conrad was an upstanding person, just seems sad his family went to crap after his demise.

    9. Read this one with my husband. We thoroughly enjoyed the story of their lives and learned so much. Gratefully this isn't about Paris or her sister, but she has a chapter dedicated to her near the end of the book. I love learning about the lives of successful people; learning their personalities and what drove them.

    10. Kind of a slog. A lot of details regarding business deals that were not very interesting. And I think the author's goal was to disparage Zsa Zsa Gabor and it worked. She seems pretty reprehensible based on her attempts to cash in on Hilton money. Also too long and some repetition. No harm in editing!!

    11. My rating is 2.5!!!!A gossipy history of the Hilton family with the emphasis on the patriarch, Conrad. He was quite a controlling man with a firm belief that there was no free ride in life. All the children had to earn a living. Loyalty to one another was at the forefront and they created quite an empire. All the histrionics with ZsaZsa Gabor was boring – an egoistic woman

    12. Learned many interesting facts about a family I only thought of as "Paris Hilton". Interesting to read about Conrad hiltons humble beginnings and the work ethic he tried to instill in his children. A good read and only a short segment addresses Paris and her adventures.

    13. This book was actually very interesting the audio was great for the car. Very interesting and entertaining. It is NOT about Paris Hilton and her generation. She's briefly mentioned in the end. It's about Conrad Hilton and how he built the Hilton hotel chain from the ground up.

    14. If you want to read an obsequious novel about the Hilton family, this is the book for you. It seems researched (apparently no real life interviews or anything), but it also doesn't seem like the author really critically analyzed any of the Hiltons or their decisions. Also a little boring.

    15. I really liked this book! I wish the author spent more time talking about the process of how Conrad amassed his wealth versus the drama surrounding ZsaZsa

    16. This book should have been titled The Hilton's with a side of Zsa Zsa Gabor. If you're looking for a book on the Hilton's, pre Paris & Nicky, this one isn't it. It's really not very good.

    17. Very interesting history of this slightly odd family focussing on the beginnings of the company and not the sleaze of where the Hiltons have ended up

    18. Poorly written. Kept reading because I am familiar with the time period and the people mentioned in the book.

    19. • Think big, do big. The missing element besides prayer and hard work: "Dreams", he said. You've got to dream. That's what's missing, sons. It's prayer, it's hard work, but it's also… dreams." He would always say, be big, think big, do big • Frugality. "Fueling his philosophy about money, no doubt, was that Conrad had survived the Great Depression; he knew what it was like to lose everything and work hard to get it back. Many of his generation would throughout their lifetime place a premi [...]

    20. Conrad Hilton was Mr. Clean. He never did anything wrong, said his prayers every night, was completely upright and without any blame or responsibility for anything. He was a genius, expert businessman, philanthropist and a wonderful guy. That's what this book claims. Maybe it is true. I'm always suspect when there is NOTHING there. There is always SOMETHING because we are all flawed individuals. This read like it was written by his doting mother. The book is billed as "engrossing, revealing, No [...]

    21. Well-researched, unbiased, and not gossipy, this book spanned from Conrad's early years to a short chapter on the most famous Hilton, Paris. Written with many novel-like aspects, but the interviews and public records this book is based on ensure the dialogue and details are accurate.

    22. Weird book, am up to page 44 and we're already at Conrad's middle age and past his first marriage with hardly a mention. Since he was the founder of the dynasty, it's pretty poor reporting.

    23. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley. Although ostensibly about the Hilton family, The Hiltons is largely about Conrad Hilton, the founder of the Hilton dynasty. Conrad had three sons with his first wife, the troubled Nicky, the business savvy Barron, and the much younger Eric. Additionally, he had a daughter (although her paternity has been questioned) with his second wife, the infamous Zsa Zsa Gabor. Conrad would come to deeply regret his impetuous second marriage, and Zsa Zsa would [...]

    24. I learned a lot from this book, though the pages about Paris were flat, and the melodrama about Gabor's daughter became tedious. Gabor's antics were cartoonish but most likely true to life. The rise of the Hilton Hotel chain, read as corporate history fascinated as did the sad tale of Nicky Hilton. This book is a good fit for a long plane ride read.

    25. Some books are just not on the want-to-read radar until they are, and this one is in that very category. It caught my eye in the library's newly published section and I picked it up with some depredation, as I was worried it was going to be some salacious drivel. It was not.J.Randy Taraborrelli clearly did some research, as his writing proves, not to mention the ample section of sources he includes, ringing in at over 60 pages of his sources & notes. This does not include two smaller section [...]

    26. I really enjoyed this biography on Conrad Hilton. Starting with his beginnings as a hotelier in Texas and ending with the battle over his estate by his children, the book really gave a good history on the man, the family and the company. I thought that there was a little too much about Zsa Zsa Gabor, but I guess that was her way. She inserted herself into everything she possibly could and wreaked a lot of havoc over the years. If you're looking for a gossipy book about the current Hiltons (Paris [...]

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