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Edward Jay Epstein’s investigation into the life of Armand Hammer exposes a tale of fraud, corruption, and personal betrayal that was carried out on such a. After spending six months in traveling with Hammer while researching what he thought would be a friendly magazine article, Epstein (Legend: The Secret. DOSSIER: THE SECRET HISTORY OF ARMAND HAMMER. by Edward Jay Epstein Armand Hammer was one of the odder, more odious characters of.

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These tapes give an intimate view of a master con man at work. What explanation was there except that Hammer was playing for the other team? Deception came easy to Hammer, Epstein reveals, and there were so many lies they can’t be listed in the space allocated to this review. No eBook available Amazon. From inside the book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Edward Jay Epstein’s investigation into the life of Armand Hammer exposes a tale of fraud, corruption, and personal betrayal that was carried out on such a grand scale and over such a long period of time that it is surely unique.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. While a graduate student at Cornell University inhe published the book Inquest, an influential critique of the Warren Commission probe into the John F. Nowhere in America are life and artifice intertwined as they are in Los Angeles. Armand Hammer was feted whenever he visited Moscow. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. There was a problem adding your email address.

Dossier is the only biography of Hammer written with reference to both the U. Wealth–and the ostentatious spending of it–assure entree into a transient high society created by early 20th century economic pirates and now dominated by Hollywood.


Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer – Edward Jay Epstein, Armand Hammer – Google Books

Returning to the US during the Depression, the would-be magnate did not strike it rich untilwhen he used his third wife’s money to latch on to Occidental Petroleum, which, with a little luck and a lot of bribes, he turned into a transnational energy colossus.

For money and smooth talk are the passports to this city, a place, like the old frontier, where the newly rich discard their old lives and reinvent themselves.

The latter group became particularly vocal in the United States aroundas Hammer’s ties to Al Gore’s father became fodder for talk-radio rumor mongering in that year’s presidential election. Sometimes, “Dossier” is overweight with detail, but that can’t be avoided.

Copyright Los Angeles Times. Jim rated it really liked it Armabd 19, If you are interested in reading the unvarnished version of AH, this is an excellent work to begin the revelation. Dossier climbs into the difficult and winding complexities that marked the amazing complexities of Armnad Hammers life. Bob rated it liked it Jan 12, Victor rated it really liked it Jan 05, John Lally rated hammwr really liked it Jul 14, When I used to write about Occidental Petroleum Corp.

Hammer was the leading light of the stuffy conservative Los Angeles cultural and philanthropic scene. Epstein bases this remarkable claim on the s recollection of a woman who claimed to have been Hammer’s mistress in the s, and who said that Hammer confessed to this crime along with a string of other appalling things to her.

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Sal Merola rated it really liked it Dec 08, Please try again later. Rockefeller, Sr”, the award winning historical masterpiece of J. Melissa Wolf rated it really liked it Oct 17, Hammer’s life was built on layers of deceit, and Epstein uncovers them, one by one.


Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer

Robert Strupp rated it it was amazing Jul 10, LPenting rated it really liked it Oct 29, The Russians cut him in on big business deals. Repeatedly in the book, Epstein takes credit for “discovering” things that have been widely known for decades, and which are discussed in detail in previous Hammer biographies. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Hammer was a master at his craft. Sam rated it it was ok Jul 22, Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death. He ignores the fact that much more credible contemporary witnesses testified to the contrary. The book contains a number of particularly shocking accusations that, if you follow through the footnotes, all come from a woman who claims to have been Hammer’s mistress, decades ago.

The whole story is laid out in “Dossier. Preview — Dossier by Edward Jay Epstein.

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His philanthropy was noted, along with his vast art collection and his elevated social connections. Showing of 23 reviews. About Edward Jay Hitory. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Open Preview See a Problem?