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Squandered fortune : the life and times of Huntington Hartford
Gubernick, Lisa Rebecca.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam's, [1991]

Physical Description:
272 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Central Library HG172.H37 G83 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Forbes magazine senior editor Gubernick here presents a comprehensive, irresistible albeit disturbing biography of the heir to the A & P grocery chain fortune. Researching the book, in 1986 she found the former multi-millionare, age 75, spending the little money he still had on drugs for himself and the women camped at his rundown Manhattan townhouse. Tracing his life from his privileged birth, Gubernick details the projects that, through Hartford's feckless management, ate up his legacy: a Broadway theater, an art museum, show-business journals and Paradise Island, the notorious mob-tainted Bahamian resort of Watergate fame where illegal campaign funds may have been laundered. Womanizing, another expensive hobby, led to divorces from three wives and trauma for the children. There are also stories about Hartford's pursuit of Lana Turner, Gene Tierney and young girls picked up on the streets. Photos. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Now almost 80 years old and living in a dilapidated New York City brownstone, Hartford is a broken relic of what once was one of the richest men in America. Heir to the A&P fortune, Hartford led a sordid life of bad business deals, dysfunctional marriages, sexual trysts, and substance abuse, all of which have rendered him physically and financially crippled. Though Forbes senior editor Gubernick delivers an extremely well-researched chronicle of Hartford's life, along with an interesting chapter on the rise of the A&P chain, she less than effectively explores the heart and soul of the man. This is a mostly removed, factual presentation of events, rather than a probing examination of the troubled psyche that made Hartford destroy his wealth, his family, and his physical and mental health. Was it the spoils of unbridled wealth and privilege, a neurotic and overbearing mother, or an untempered libido on an unfocused and weak individual that resulted in such a tragic existence? Unfortunately, Gubernick gives no answers.-- David Nudo, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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