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From the acclaimed author of A Very English Scandal, a thrilling and dramatic true-life account of the rise and fall of one of the most notorious media moguls of all time: Robert Maxwell.
In February 1991, Robert Maxwell triumphantly sailed into Manhattan harbor on his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, to buy the ailing New York Daily News. Taxi drivers stopped their cabs to shake his hand, children asked for his autograph, and patrons of the hottest restaurant in Manhattan gave him a standing ovation while he dined. Ten months later, Maxwell disappeared off that same yacht in the middle of the night and was later found dead in the water. As John Preston reveals in this entertaining and revealing biography, Maxwell’s death was as mysterious as his remarkable life.
A tightly paced, addictive saga of ambition, hubris, narcissism, greed, power, and intrigue, Fall recounts Maxwell’s rise and fall and rise and fall again. Preston weaves backwards and forwards in time to examine the forces that shaped Maxwell, including his childhood as a Jew in occupied Eastern Europe through his failed political ambitions in the 1960s which ended in accusations of financial double-dealing, and his resurrection as a media mogul--and on to the family legacy he left behind, including his daughter Ghislaine Maxwell.
Preston chronicles Maxwell’s all-encompassing rivalry with Rupert Murdoch—a battle that ruined Maxwell financially, threatened his sanity and lead, indirectly, to his death. Did Maxwell have a heart attack and fall overboard? Was his death suicide? Or was he murdered—possibly by Mossad or the KGB? Few in the twentieth century journeyed as far from his roots as Robert Maxwell. Yet, as Fall reveals, no one, however rich and powerful, can entirely escape their past.
Preston (A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot in the Houses of Parliament) takes a detailed look at the mysterious 1991 death of media mogul Robert Maxwell in this tepid outing. Maxwell was born Ludvik Hoch in 1923 to an impoverished Jewish family in Czechoslovakia. In 1939, he left his parents and siblings to fight the Nazis, linking up with the British army in 1940 and earning a Military Cross. After WWII, Maxwell became a book publisher, a Labour MP, and eventually a newspaper owner, culminating in his 1991 purchase of the New York Daily News. A bully with a reputation for shady dealing, Maxwell formed a close connection with the Israeli government, leading to reports he was an Israeli spy. Not long after millions from Maxwell's business went missing, he took his yacht to the Canary Islands, only to later be found dead in the water. Maxwell's checkered past, his financial troubles, and a substandard autopsy fostered suspicions that he'd either been murdered or took his own life, despite evidence suggesting his death was accidental. Uneven sourcing is a minus, and the quality of prose does nothing to enhance what amounts to the story of a rich bully that's been told before. Readers hoping for a new take on Maxwell will be disappointed.