BE MY GUEST by Conrad Hilton


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This autobiography, in spite of two previous biographies, emphasizes anew the achievement of a big dream and the American success story, for Hilton, although not exactly from rags, did go to great riches. It is not the financial that is the dominant note, it is the love affair with hotels, once he had found his vocation, that colors his story. For, after his early jobs in New Mexico, his fling in politics, banking, and his World War I career, he found his first ""dowager"" that needed face-lifting and attention, and from then on he was committed to the life of an innkeeper. From reviving run-down hostelries came the need to build one of his own, then one a year and finally to expand -- from coast to coast, eventually from ocean to ocean... This is his story of how he stalked the titled and famous -- the Drake, the Stevens, the Roosevelt, the Plaza and his long desired, the Waldorf; his mistakes and disasters, his period of ""going broke by inches""; his money making money; the buying groups; the acquisition of the Statler system, his foreign projects. Beyond the business there is his personal story -- of his parents, his gay blade early days, his first marriage and the divorce caused by his passion for his hotels, his sons, his generously evaluated marriage to Zea Zea Gabor, his devotion to his mother and his intense Catholicism -- in straightforward style. A book for men and for that business market which does not scorn intuition coupled with religion and inspiration as guideposts.

Pub Date: Oct. 21st, 1957
Publisher: Prentice-Hall