The Uncrowned King

The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst

Publisher: Vintage Canada
“I’ve been watching him, and I notice that when he wants cake, he wants cake; and he wants it now. And I notice that after a while he gets his cake.” –Senator George Hearst, on his son, William Randolph Hearst

A lively, unexpected and impeccably researched piece of popular history, The Uncrowned King reveals how an unheralded young newspaperman from San Francisco walked into the media capital of the world and created the most successful daily of his time, pushing the medium to an unprecedented level of excitement and influence, and leading serious observers to wonder if newspapers might be “the greatest force in civilization,” more powerful even than kings and popes and presidents.

From the Hardcover edition.


Chapter One

It is difficult to say precisely when William Randolph Hearst first hit on the idea of breaking into New York publishing, but it is clear that by 1889 he would not be satisfied until he did. He was twenty-six years old and already a minor newspaper phenomenon. Three years earlier he had been...
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“Incendiary, intoxicating…. Remarkable and captivating.”
The Globe and Mail

“Whyte accomplishes his mission, achieving the same conclusion that Hearst himself also reached: those were the days.”
The New York Times

From the Hardcover edition.