“[Patricia McClintock] suddenly realized that for all [Conrad Hilton] had accomplished, he was alone. He had no wife. He had no companion. Of course, he had his children, but they were grown and had their own lives… …She had to wonder, what did it all mean? All of that success, all of those triumphs, all of the victories…and for what?”
The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty by J. Randy Taraborrelli is a great book. Taraborrelli wrote about a huge amount of the Hilton family history, from Conrad’s childhood in the late 1880’s to Paris Hilton’s life up to about 2013.
If you don’t know who Conrad Hilton is, he is the man who started the Hilton Hotel chain. It definitely wasn’t easy for him, and I really enjoyed reading about how he managed to survive the Depression without filing bankruptcy. But even though he did so well, hotels weren’t his first interest.
When he started out in business, Conrad spent $30,000 of his own money, and money he borrowed from friends and family, to open a bank in 1913. It didn’t work out.
in 1916, he managed a musical group that was made of three of his family members. That failed miserably.
When he heard about the millions of dollars that were being made in the oilfields of Texas, Conrad had to figure out how to get a piece of the money. He left for Texas planning to open a bank, but when he stayed at a run-down hotel called the Mobley, Conrad realized that he could fix it up and make a decent profit.
That kicked off Conrad’s hotel business, and, after making it through the depression without filing bankruptcy, he would go on to make what would be billions of dollars today.
This book also goes over the lows of the Hiltons’ lives. Taraborelli wrote about the multiple divorces Conrad and his sons had, the stress that having an empire of hotels created, the deaths of Nicky and Conrad, as well as many more issues the Hilton’s faced.
Reading this book, I realized that no matter how successful you are, it means nothing if you don’t have anyone to enjoy your success with.
Along with being a great story, The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty by J. Randy Taraborrelli holds a valuable lesson that I think anybody can take something away from.
To learn how Conrad and Paris because so successful, and to read a fantastic story about the highs and lows that happened during 150 years of the Hilton family’s history, I recommend that you buy this book for $15.
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