Max the Impaler

Jeremy Warner

  • Maxwell: The Outsider by Tom Bower
    Heinemann, 520 pp, £16.99, December 1991, ISBN 0 7493 0238 0

For the inhabitants of Slatinske Doly, a small Ruthenian village on what was then the border between Czechoslovakia and Romania, smuggling was an honoured and necessary trade. This is where Ludvik Hoch, or Robert Maxwell as he was later to rename himself, was born and brought up. Tax differences on the slaughter of animals and the sale of meat provided an opportunity for a lucrative and illegal trade in smuggled cattle.

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