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The Carpetbaggers

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Attacked, damned, praised and read around the world, THE CARPETBAGGERS was first published in 1961 and shelved high enough that the kids couldn't get their hands on it. Set in the aviation industry and Hollywood in the 1930s, it is said the lead protaganist Jonas Cord is based on Bill Lear and Howard Hughes. It is the original sex and money blockbuster: a cracking story driven relentlessly forward by the sheer power and boldness of Robbins' writing. Hide synopsis

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rajeetguha

A Gallimaufry of Incest, Brazen Vulgarity, Unabash

by rajeetguha on Mar 23, 2010

This is a book loosely based on the tycoon Howard Hughes whose excesses can make an incorrigible womanizer blush. This book weaves together a story of avaricious businessmen, promiscuous women, ruthless criminals competing in a jungle where the shrewd and robust predators vanquish the hapless prey. This book can be consigned to the trash heap of popular fiction. This book is a stigma in the world of literature. Indecency has crossed the threshold and reached its nadir. This is the worst Harold Robbins book i have ever come across which has the sole effect of stirring up the concupiscence and baser primal instincts of human beings. In my opinion it is tragic that this book was ever published. Never read such perversely prurient literature.

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Bookwormark

Excellent Classic

by Bookwormark on Apr 26, 2007

Harold Robbins created one of the most popular books of fiction ever written.

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