The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty

The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty

by J. Randy Taraborrelli


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455516704
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 535,278
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

J. Randy Taraborrelli is a respected journalist, a recognizable entertainment personality, and in-demand guest on many television programs including Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, and CNN Headline News. He is the bestselling author of thirteen books.

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The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
vblake42 More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I would really get into it like I did but once I started it was hard to put down. There was so much background to the Hilton family starting with Conrad and how he built his chain of hotels and how he felt his sons needed to make their own way without handouts. They were a very close family and tried - and did - continue the work he started. The author is one whose work I've read many times and he does a very through job. Also a number of very interesting photos I had never seen.
StewDude More than 1 year ago
The interesting life and times of Conrad Hilton and his family. I thought the book was well written. I enjoyed reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amaxing story aniut a man I never cared to know anything about! Conrad Hilton, as rich as he was, was not the kind of man I expected him to be. Worth billions and yet he left his family just pennies....but yet thete is nothing bad I can think of this man! You just have to read it to understand.
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