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The Mystery of Robert Maxwell

Author: John Preston  

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From the bestselling author of A Very English Scandal, the jaw-dropping life story of the notorious business tycoon Robert Maxwell.

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Summary

From the bestselling author of A Very English Scandal, the jaw-dropping life story of the notorious business tycoon Robert Maxwell.

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Description

In February 1991, Robert Maxwell made a triumphant entrance into Manhattan harbour on board his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine. He had come to complete his purchase of the ailing New York Daily News. Crowds lined the quayside to watch his arrival. Taxi drivers stopped their cabs to shake his hand, children asked for his autograph and when Maxwell went to dine in the most fashionable Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, all the diners gave him a standing ovation.

Ten months later, he disappeared off the same yacht and was found dead in the water. Within a few days, Maxwell was being reviled as the embodiment of greed and unscrupulousness. No one had ever fallen so far and so quickly.

What went so wrong? How did a man who had once laid such store on the importance of ethics and good behaviour become reduced to a bloated, amoral wreck?

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Critic Reviews

“Deeply researched, fluently written, and darkly comic, it reads like a thriller--Ben Macintyre on 'A Very English Scandal' Brilliant, sad, startling--Jon Ronson on 'A Very English Scandal' A terrific book and brilliantly researched--Claire Tomalin on 'A Very English Scandal' Very funny and endlessly extraordinary-- Guardian on 'A Very English Scandal' Preston is a natural storyteller-- The Times”

Very funny and endlessly extraordinary Guardian on 'A Very English Scandal' Deeply researched, fluently written, and darkly comic, it reads like a thriller -- Ben Macintyre on 'A Very English Scandal' A terrific book and brilliantly researched -- Claire Tomalin on 'A Very English Scandal' Brilliant, sad, startling -- Jon Ronson on 'A Very English Scandal'

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About the Author

John Preston is a former Arts Editor of the Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraph. For ten years he was the Sunday Telegraph's television critic and one of its chief feature writers. His most recent book, A Very English Scandal, was published to great acclaim in 2016 and turned into a major BBC programme.

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Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd | Viking
Published
1st January 1900
Pages
352
ISBN
9780241388693
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