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The Inheritors

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In 1969, Harold Robbins began his "trilogy of greed" with The Inheritors, a tell-all novel about the entertainment industry. Spanning the years 1955 to 1965, and based on the lives of actual network executives and movie moguls, the novel exposes the sex, power, and politics of mass media.

Steve Gaunt is working hard to build his television empire. He's a visionary and a bi

Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published February 1971 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1969)
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It's really not necessary to read anything Harold Robbins wrote after WHERE LOVE HAS GONE (1962), and that includes the over-inflated sex saga THE ADVENTURERS, published in 1966. By 1969, when THE INHERITORS was published, Harold Robbins had become the world's bestselling novelist. Unfortunately, this milestone was achieved at almost exactly the point when he began writing almost exclusively for money to fund his lavishly hedonistic jet-set lifestyle, with the result that his novels began a down ...more
It has been a long time since I read The Inheritors. I cannot really point what is it about this book, but the story, the environment, the charm still sits somewhere at the back of my mind. It might not be a classic, by the sheer definition of it, it is, however, a book worth reading to get a glimpse into the American film industry. True, a lot has been said since then. But this is totally unabashed and uninhibited - Harold Robbins Style!
Kurt Reichenbaugh
For Harold Robbins this was a surprisingly disciplined novel. It had the requisite sex, with only one scene I would call kinky. Most of it detailed the relationship between Sam and Steve, two mavericks in the television and movie industry between the years 1955 and 1965.

On a side note I would recommend a fascinating bio of Harold Robbins; Harold Robbins The Man Who Invented Sex by Andrew Wilson.
Third book in the trilogy that includes The Dream Merchants and The Carpetbaggers giving a take on the motion picture industry in America amd the development of TV.
Characters larger than life and even for the film world this is probably a touch over the top, but then Robbins could always sell books. Subtlety is not his strong point but I'll forgive him a great deal for producing 'A Stone for Danny Fisher' which is a great deal more mature than this.
One of my all time favorites. I've retread this many times. It's not Shakespeare, just fast fun reading. Great story.
The struggles of the pioneers in the motion picture industry.
Read in Italian, very easy to read.
My favourite author !
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Born as Harold Rubin in New York City, he later claimed to be a Jewish orphan who had been raised in a Catholic boys home. In reality he was the son of well-educated Russian and Polish immigrants. He was reared by his pharmacist father and stepmother in Brooklyn.

His first book, Never Love a Stranger (1948), caused controversy with its graphic sexuality. Publisher Pat Knopf reportedly bought Never
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