Books: The Black and the Red

ZECKENDORF: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM ZECKENDORF, with Edward McCreary. 312 pages. Holt, Rineharf & Winston. $7.95.

The time is September 1954. Spyros Skouras, Laurance Rockefeller and William Zeckendorf have just passed through an elaborate security screen to reach a Los Angeles meeting with the suspicious, secretive industrialist Howard Hughes. Through Skouras, Hughes has leaked his intention of selling his enormous holdings to devote the proceeds to medical research. Rockefeller, philanthropist and president of the Chase Manhattan Bank, and Zeckendorf at that time, the extraordinarily successful head of the Webb & Knapp real estate...

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