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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Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer

Aided by newly available sources, Epstein has put together a gripping portrait of a ruthless, audaciously manipulative opportunist whose self-inventions have until now been widely accepted. Account Dosiser Sign in.

Peng Limited preview – The Life of John D. What explanation was there except that Hammer was playing for the other team? Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. With access to the files of both Amer. While sojourning in the USSR during the early s, the Bronx-born Hammer met Lenin and became a Comintern agent responsible for laundering the money used to pay undercover operatives in North America.

Edward Jay Epstein’s investigation into the life of Armand Hammer exposes a tale of fraud, corruption, and personal betrayal that armznd carried out on such a grand scale and over such a long period of time that it is surely unique. When finished, he has provided a painful look at the corruptibility of government and the gullibility of the business, economic and social elite.

Sometimes, “Dossier” is overweight with detail, but that can’t be avoided. 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.


He interviewed Hammer’s mistresses, family, and close friends as well as the shadowy figures who assisted him in business deals.

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Lists with This Book. He was even tight with the Stalin crowd, the evil empire’s most evil rulers. Write a customer review. Nor, by Epstein’s tellingly detailed account, was the high-profile Hammer a much better bargain for members of his extended family, friends, and business associates whose tenure seldom outlasted their usefulness or Occidental’s stockholders.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Nowhere in America are life and artifice intertwined as they are in Los Angeles. Hammer’s father had performed an abortion after which the woman had died. 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.

His scores make his case. His relationship with the Soviet secret police is just one–and for me the most interesting–revelation in a book that is a model of biographical research.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Milllicent rated it it was ok Nov 29, My library Help Advanced Book Search. He ignores the fact that much more credible contemporary witnesses testified to the contrary.

Take for example Epstein’s rendition of the well-known conviction of Hammer’s father for manslaughter. Epstein wrote two other books about the Kennedy assassination, eventually collected in The Assassination Chronicles: Read more Read less. Books by Edward Jay Epstein. English Choose a language for shopping. Meanwhile, his discussion of Hammer’s year-long business career is cursory. Dossier is the only biography of Hammer written with reference to both the U.


Hammer was ninety-two when he died in Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. An unparalleled saga revealing the truth behind the hype. While a graduate student at Cornell University inhe published the book Inquest, an influential critique of the Warren Commission probe into the John F.

Preview — Dossier by Edward Jay Epstein. This expose, although published in reads like a dossier rather than a saga or novel or biography. A revealingly revisionist biography of Armand Hammer who, before his death at 92 inhad made a considerable name for himself as an ahmmer, patron of the arts, philanthropist, and Edward Jay EpsteinArmand Hammer.

May 24, Hxmmer rated it really liked it. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. 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.

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. Melissa Wolf rated it really liked it Oct 17, Sal Merola rated it really liked it Dec 08, When workers at Hammer’s Russian asbestos mine went on strike in over poor working conditions, he called in the Cheka, which suppressed the strike.

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