True Crime, Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 28/10/2021
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Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2021 Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2021 From the bestselling author of A Very English Scandal, the jaw-dropping life story of the notorious business tycoon Robert Maxwell. In February 1991, the media mogul and former MP Robert Maxwell made a triumphant entrance into Manhattan harbour aboard his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, to complete his purchase of the ailing New York Daily News. Crowds lined the quayside to watch his arrival, taxi drivers stopped their cabs to shake his hand and children asked for his autograph. But just ten months later, Maxwell disappeared from the same yacht off the Canary Islands, only to be found dead in the water soon afterward. Maxwell was the embodiment of Britain's post-war boom. Born an Orthodox Jew, he had escaped the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, fought in World War 2, and was decorated for his heroism with the Military Cross. He went on to become a Labour MP and an astonishingly successful businessman, owning a number of newspapers and publishing companies. But on his death, his empire fell apart, as long-hidden debts and unscrupulous dealings came to light. Within a few days, Maxwell was being reviled as the embodiment of greed and corruption. No one had ever fallen so far and so quickly. What went so wrong? How did a war hero and model of society become reduced to a bloated, amoral wreck? In this gripping book, John Preston delivers the definitive account of Maxwell's extraordinary rise and scandalous fall.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241388686
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 256g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

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I knew next to nothing about Robert Maxwell when I picked up this book, yet I was gripped from page one. It is written fantastically well, with nice short ... READ MORE
Henry Eaglesfield
Very readable and insightful
I really enjoyed this book. It is a very quick, chronological, behind the scenes look at the life of Robert Maxwell. Each chapter flows from the previous... READ MORE
Canuck Abroad
This is a real page turner.
A fascinating biography about the rise and fall of millionaire publisher and one time Member of Parliament Robert Maxwell who robbed his companies' pension... READ MORE
Graeme Lynch