House of Hilton documents the remarkable story of one of America's most dysfunctional families. Beginning with Conrad Hilton, the shrewd and fiercely religious founder of the first coast-to-coast hotel chain in America, this sprawling chronicle culminates in Conrad's current legacy - today's infamous celebutante Paris Hilton, the It Girl of the New Millenium. Today the Hilton name is most often attached to the Manolo-wearing high school drop out, not her business visionary great-grandfather. Love her or hate her, Paris has become a brand name just like the Hilton hotels. But none of her seemingly overnight fortune, fame and success has been serendipitous. A family insider maintains, "Paris is a Hilton business project from start to finish." House of Hilton will be the definitive work on this extremely flawed clan, the story of a dynasty whose triumphs, strengths, weaknesses and mortalities have cut across a century of American life.