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Henry J. Kaiser: Western Colossus by Albert P. Heiner (207,000 words and 26 illustrations)

Henry John Kaiser (1882-1967) was an American industrialist known for his shipbuilding and construction projects, and for fostering modern American health care. Prior to World War II, Kaiser’s company was one of those that built the Hoover and Grand Coulee dams. He established the Kaiser Shipyards, which built Liberty ships during World War II, after which he formed Kaiser Aluminum and Kaiser Steel. Kaiser organized Kaiser Permanente health care for his workers and their families. He led the automobile companies Kaiser-Frazer and Kaiser Motors. Kaiser invested in real estate, later moving into television broadcasting. He established the Kaiser Family Foundation, a charitable organization.

“Albert Heiner has written a captivating story of one of the strongest personalities ever to dominate the American scene and he has done it with skill. Henry J. Kaiser was quite as Heiner depicts him and as I knew him — an incredible business genius and fascinating personality.” —
Norman Vincent Peale

“Through a good portion of Henry J. Kaiser’s career, Al Heiner was there — as a public relations officer for Kaiser Steel, but also as an eye-witness to many of the events that make this biography such lively reading. He then supplemented these firsthand experiences with extensive research in the massive Kaiser Archives now on deposit at the Bancroft Library at Berkeley. This biography teems with vivid, frequently tumultuous anecdotes, each of them set- pieces of skilled narrative.” —
Kevin Starr, Author and Historian

“In the fifties, the moment I saw the pilot for the television show ‘The Maverick’ I said, ‘that’s Mr. Kaiser.’ I flew out to Hawaii and met with him, and when he saw the picture he flipped, because he saw himself as James Garner... The Maverick. In my opinion he was one of the great showmen of our day and he had fantastic foresight as to how to sell the Kaiser company. I agree with your appraisal of him as one of the great American pioneers.” —
Leonard H. Goldenson, Retired Chairman, American Broadcasting Company

“Henry J’s extraordinary life, his relish for work and the results of his dreams are fondly described with a particular warmth that could only be captured by an author who witnessed much of the saga.” —
Gene Trefethen, Retired President, Kaiser Industries Corporation