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Publisher's Summary

Be My Guest is the inspiring saga of the man behind one of America's great success stories. Conrad Hilton was born in San Antonio, Socorro County, Territory of New Mexico. Born into a family of six, including two sisters named Felice and Eva; a brother, Carl; his mother, Mary Laufersweiler Hilton; and his father, named Augustus Holver Hilton, or Gus. His father was a big man physically - a robust six footer with big hands, big feet, a handlebar mustache, and a big voice.

Gus bought his first hotel in Cisco, Texas, and built his first hotel in Dallas, Texas. Then he bought his second hotel, the famous Waldorf Astoria in New York, in 1931, which became a Hilton Hotel 15 years later. This had been Gus' first big dream, and he worked hard to make it a reality, suffering heartbreak and struggling against the odds - over this infinitesimal building in the middle of nowhere - more than at any other time in his career, barring the Depression.

Conrad Hilton went to Goss Military Institute in Albuquerque when he was almost 12. At 15 he met his wife, Helen Keller. She has written a book called Optimism. In the book, she wrote, "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope," and summed up by stating that, "Optimism is the harmony between man's spirit and the spirit of God pronouncing [his] works good." At 16 his father had sold his coal mines for $10 thousand, which in those days made him one of the richest men in the territory. In 1904 the dollar was worth something. Men worked for a dollar a day and, on that, lived decently and raised families of five or six. With his money Gus was the equivalent of a millionaire.

©1984 Conrad N. Hilton (P)2015 BN Publishing

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Addictive!

I just couldn't stop listening to it, from the beginning to the end. An interesting account of Conrad Hilton's rise. The narrator was just outstanding. Short, but great.

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  • Cliff
  • RED BANK, NJ, United States
  • 08-12-17

Lacking A Lot of Details

And so invested a million dollars. Well, that's what the whole book sounds like after a while. Sure there's some struggle, but it's really vague. It really doesn't get into how he made Hilton Hotels into the template for the modern hospitality business. Don't waste your time.

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Thank Your for Your Contribution Connie!

In Connie's words, to add to the missing pieces in Life's Puzzle: Pray, Work, Dream! To complement his Experienced Insight & Enlightened Contribution, we would include to the Solution~Love, Hope, Faith & Belief Can Move Mountains.♤◇☆. Global Travel, Hotels, Tourism & Hospitality have benefited immensely. Thank You Amen

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too abridged

I've read the book in this audiobook cut it way down way too much thank you

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love this book!

great read, easy to follow i love finding this book at every hilton. narration was good , kept my attention

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Definately a Must read

Conrad did a great job in keeping his book an easy to read but yet very inspiring.

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Great book.

I loved this book. it reminded me how important making connections were and how not to forget to utilize all areas in one's location.we need to focus on what works and let go or adjust what doesn't. but must of all what I took from this book is dream big, chase your dreams till you reach them.

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  • XdX
  • Colorado, USA
  • 02-05-16

Great book, awful audiobook.

This abridged version is just a shell of the unabridged version. I guess that's the definition of "abridged" but this audiobook really misses what is great about the book.

Be that as it may, the recording quality is abysmal. You can actually hear cell phone interference and mid-way through the book what sounds like either a different narrator or the name narrator who moved into a new studio, got a different mic, and recovered from a cold.

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  • Nathan K
  • Tallahassee, FL, United States
  • 08-28-15

Good book

I've in the hotel business and worked for Hilton family hotels for the last 8 years. Love the brand and the story about Conrad Hilton. Overall a good book.