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The Carpetbaggers (The Carpetbaggers #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,193 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews

Jonas Cord coveted his father's fame, fortune, even his young, beautiful wife. When his father died, Jonas swore to possess them all. But Rina Marlow was the celebrated screen goddess no man could master. Her sizzling sensuality might inflame and enthrall millions, but her personal boudoir was no Hollywood fa
Mass Market Paperback, 688 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Forge Books (first published 1961)
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Aug 22, 2011 Lynn rated it really liked it
My grandpa gave me this book before he died. He thought I was finally old enough for the "smut" in the book. I was 29!
Benjamin Thomas
Sep 02, 2010 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it
I always know a book is a fun read when I find myself making excuses to read it rather than work on my "Hunny-Do" list. According to at least one source this book is the 4th most read novel of all time. I don't know if that's really true but certainly it has been a widely read story for more than 40 years so obviously a lot of people have read it. The book apparently is somewhat notorious, largely for pushing the sexual boundaries of the time, right up to the edge. By today's standards it is rel ...more
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Jun 11, 2013 Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it really liked it
Shelves: hairy-eyeball
Immensely entertaining pot-boiler involving the exploits of Jonas Cord, a thinly disguised version of Howard Hughes. The novel is a roman-a-clef of old Hollywood featuring movie star Rina Marlow, and cowboy turned movie star, Nevada Smith whose lives are intertwined with Jonas Cord's career. The strength in The Carpetbaggers is that it's really 3 novels in one: a western, a soap opera and a hard-boiled Hollywood expose. The plots never lag and Robbins leaves the highfalutin literary tricks to th ...more
Feb 23, 2008 Kat rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh
We used to rent a renovated barn-like house on Douglas Lake in Michigan for a summer vacation and there were a ton of paperback books downstairs in the "livingroom." I had rarely seen paperback books, as my parents had hardback books in their library as did my grandparents. We went to the library and, again, there were no paperbacks, so this was exotic to me.I was absolutely drawn to these small, yellowed or well-worn books stacked up in a tall bookcase. They had covers with men and women and so ...more
Asghar Abbas
Mar 27, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing

Before Martin Scorsese's movie, this guy had already written a novel about the Aviator.
Madhu murugesan
May 10, 2016 Madhu murugesan rated it really liked it
A good book which can get a rating of 4....this story revolves around the Hollywood in the period of early 20th century...the period when the motion pictures were introduced...the characters portray the supreme urge of getting power success love and lust..
Cliff Harrison
Jul 01, 2015 Cliff Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the Carpetbagger was the first Harold Robbins novel I read. It was set in Hollywood, Ca and Reno Nevada and probably, at least loosely, based partly on Howard Hughes who was still alive and active in both Hollywood and Nevada, but in Las Vegas. Robbins said the Carpetbagger was based on Bill Lear and not Howard Hughes but there is controversy about that.

You can't talk about Harold Robbins without fast learning he is probably one of the most loved and most hated authors of all time. You
Apr 30, 2010 Daffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh to be 15 again and reading the Carpetbaggers for the first time
Denise Cornelius
Jan 13, 2014 Denise Cornelius rated it liked it
Shelves: trashy-books
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Rachel Smalter Hall
So sometimes you pick up a book thinking, "Wow, this is going to be really awesome and trashy!" and then you're just disappointed. Well, this one did not disappoint. Unfortunately, Robbins brings out the big guns too early (the "Nevada Smith" fugitive-cowboy-turned-hollywood-movie-star story is too good to be true) and then he just keeps recycling the same characters over and over for the next 500 pages.
Aug 04, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing
I thought the book was a great read. My dad has been raving about this book for years that i had to read. he made the comment that he doesnt read much, but when he read this book, he couldnt put it down. this was many many years ago. before i was born. But he's always talked about how i should read it. so i got it for my 26th birthday. i was reading a different book at the time, but once i started it was a really good book. From what my dad has told me, this book is based on the life of howard h ...more
Jan 13, 2009 Philip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A five-star rating for THE CARPETBAGGERS may raise a few eyebrows, but I'll defend it by saying that for sheer one-two punch storytelling and readability, it beats anything out there today. Harold Robbins was a natural storyteller (although he later severely over-estimated his abilities), and his powers of narrative drive reached their peak in this novel. Though considered quite bold and daring in its day, THE CARPETBAGGERS is actually rather mild compared to the onslaught of explicit novels whi ...more
Sep 19, 2014 Lalarme23 rated it really liked it
Văn hóa Mỹ luôn có cái gì đó vừa sâu sắc vừa hời hợt, vừa nông cạn nhưng lại rất quyến rũ. Chính thế nên văn học và điện ảnh Mỹ luôn có sức mê hoặc kì lạ cho những ai thích phiêu lưu, thích những gì hơi cổ điện nhưng đầy hiện đại, thích sự táo bạo và không bỏ qua sự mơ mộng cố hữu của con người.

Thật thú vị khi dạo này tranh thủ xem lại phim noir thì đọc được quyển sách này, nó hợp với nhau vô cùng, nó là sức mạnh, tiền bạc, tham vọng, sự lãng tử, sự gợi tình và chất Mỹ thấm đẫm.

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May 23, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
Up until I started high school, I didn't exactly have a love affair with literature, then my stepmother borrowed a copy of this novel for me. It's complete trash, just filthy and easily one of the most enjoyable novels I've ever read!
Aug 19, 2010 Myeyessee rated it really liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Move over, JR Ewing, because Jonas Cord Jr. makes you look like a saint.

Harold Robbins wrote many bestsellers over his long career and this one was the #4 bestseller in 1961. It was also made into a movie. Robbins hits all the tropes of a big fat trashy page turner. I read tons of books like this when I was in my thirties, raising my sons and dreaming of adventure. It was kind of fun to read one again now that I am such a literary fiction reader.

Jonas Cord, a motherless kid with a Native American cowboy named Nevada Smith as his male nanny, was raised in the Nevada
Jul 01, 2013 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought The Carpetbaggers in a shop down the street selling used books. The funny part is that I had never noticed that shop, nor am I famous for buying used books (I prefer to have my own personal copy rather than someone else's old one). However as I was walking minding my own business this book caught my eye. I don't know how it managed to do it, but I was compelled to pick it up and read a few pages. Also it was only 2euros. So there I was, trying to decide whether to buy it or not. Obvious ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Marvin rated it it was amazing
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The Carpetbaggers is a realistic, tough, ruthless, outspoken novel of men and women who always take more than they give. It is filled with sin and success as the sharply drawn characters search endlessly for love and power, to dominate others even at the expense of self-destruction. Interesting at the time, but now very dated.
Evelyn Wilson
Oct 03, 2014 Evelyn Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-books-read
I bought this because I had the hardback book of The Raiders. This book is the first of that series and I didn't want to read it until I read The Carpetbaggers. For a book copywrited 1961 this was an excellent book. Loved the way he wrote about the characters ! Chapters ! Now I am anxious to read The Raiders!

After reading The Raiders:

I ordered and read The Carpetbaggers on my nook, sincerely enjoyed both this book and The Raiders! Sex was in detail but the story lines are just so darn good abo
Dorai Thodla
Apr 26, 2007 Dorai Thodla rated it really liked it
There is a funny incident associated with this book. HR was not considered recommended reading due to sexual overtones and violence.

I used to read books during long bus rides to Engineering College. My dad allowed me to read provided, I come home and switch to studies.

I read this book in parallel with my dad. I would take it to school and read it during the trips. My dad would read it during late evenings. Our age difference is about 25 years. While we talked a lot about books, HR books were n
Virgilio Machado
Os Insaciáveis descreve a vida, os desejos e ambições dos ricos e famosos com um realismo que marcou [uma] época. [É] um dos romances mais populares da segunda metade do século XX.

Uma história de homens e mulheres insaciáveis – de sexo, de amor, de dinheiro, de prestígio e também de sofrimentos e decepções. O livro é brutal, violento, escandaloso. O personagem principal, Jonas Cord, uma espécie de casanova moderno, piloto destemido e implacável homem de ne
Mar 16, 2016 Azuree rated it really liked it
Considering this was an almost 700 page book written in 1961 I was surprisingly happy with it and enjoyed reading it. It reminded me of the sagas like The Thornbirds and North & South - the miniseries sagas that enthralled so many people.
Shaun Gregory
May 31, 2015 Shaun Gregory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant Harold Robbins novel.

A another great read from the Robbins catalog. I really enjoyed this book, I recommend this to anyone who likes great
books. I normally read Horror & Thriller/action
Genres. But when I fancy something different I always go for a Harold Robbins book.
Carol Catanese
Oct 24, 2015 Carol Catanese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book ...

incredible story beginning to end. Couldn't put it down. Amazing characters, awesome depiction of a bygone era. Plan on reading more Harold Robbins books.
Harish Puvvula
May 27, 2015 Harish Puvvula rated it really liked it
Humdinger of a novel.
Loosely based on Howard Hughes life and therefore it revolves around aviation and Hollywood.

This one is Harold Robbins' first novel. Raw power.
May 13, 2015 Cateline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins

The book is divided into nine sections detailing many different characters that dovetail into a sprawling epic of a story covering 1930-1945. One man, Jonas Cord a fictional rendition of Howard Hughes, brings them all together. Robbins knows all the Hollywood stories, all the rumors of the rich and not so rich, the famous and infamous.

His characterizations are detailed, richly empathic and reach to the heart of the matter. The characters range from a Harlow-li
Oct 17, 2015 Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly, this was a really good read. Not as much smut as he is reputed to have put into his books. Maybe his later ones got trashier, but this is doesn't even come close to the gratuitous sex that you find in many current best sellers.
Apr 30, 2015 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is a great adventure with parts you will enjoy that were not in the movie.
Janaki Murali
Feb 20, 2014 Janaki Murali rated it it was amazing
This was a book I read when in school and it had a great influence on me
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